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best way to learn PHP?

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shazoo!:
I've been dealing with phpbb3 for about 5 years now, not actually PROGRAMMING, but manually adding code, tweaking, etc.

I really do enjoy doing it, and I think I'd like to learn actually programming php specifically for SMF.

Are there any books or sites that anyone can recommend that can get me started?

I have a few mods in mind, and would like to give it a go

Joker™:
Beginning PHP 6, Apache, MySQL 6 Web Development

I refer to that book in college time, still do sometimes these days. Moreover start making some small codes on your own, it really helps in getting started.

NanoSector:

--- Quote from: Joker™ on April 15, 2012, 11:14:38 AM ---Beginning PHP 6, Apache, MySQL 6 Web Development

I refer to that book in college time, still do sometimes these days. Moreover start making some small codes on your own, it really helps in getting started.

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Dontcha mean PHP 5?

Anyhow, I usually refer to http://w3schools.com/ as my tutorial site :)
Then use http://php.net/ to search for anything you don't exactly understand :)

Kryzen:
I am sure many programmers would kill me for this, but the best way to learn PHP is to use it. Choose a software you want to make and use Google. Ask your friends. Use Google. Ask EVERYTHING you don't understand and ask for feedback. Try looking at the code of other projects and try to understand what it does. That's how I learned php. :)

NanoSector:

--- Quote from: 医生唱片骑师 on April 15, 2012, 11:32:52 AM ---I am sure many programmers would kill me for this, but the best way to learn PHP is to use it. Choose a software you want to make and use Google. Ask your friends. Use Google. Ask EVERYTHING you don't understand and ask for feedback. Try looking at the code of other projects and try to understand what it does. That's how I learned php. :)

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* Yoshi2889 kills Dr. Deejay
Haha kidding. That's a way to learn it. Some programmers make good notations/comments in the source code of a project (like SMF) that explain what piece of code does what.
I personally suck at making comments so I usually put something silly in them ::) (aka don't use my code to learn PHP)

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