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I have recently won an award which requires a book of 'academic nature'
to be presented to me. Since the award is for ICT and PHP is something
I would like to learn about. I have £10 from the award and must
contribute the rest so approx £20 books would be max (might be able to
stretch), the book must also come from County Bookshop (they have a
website at )

I've had quite a bit of experience at HTML and have recently started
'learning' PHP, my knowledge started purly by installing scripts, I
then started looking at the code to see how it worked, following
tutorials also helped. My knowlege of VBA helped, with IF/While type
statements especially. I can now build basic scripts from scratch,
however, my coding style has been described as somewhat scrappy.

Can anyone recommend a book that would help me learn more about using
PHP and coding to better standards.


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Well, programming books and "better coding practice" books are usually
two different books I find. Every programming book briefly mentions
correct practices, but the really good ones are the ones designed
specifically towards better coding. For whoever reads this post, I
strongly recommend Coding Complete 2nd edition by Microsoft press. One
of the best coding practices books I have ever read.

Now as for a book you could use to learn PHP I would recommend the
O'reilly series, or for more basics, you could do the sams teach
yourself series. Once you get the basics, you will want to go more for
the reference books like PHP unleashed and the thick 1000+ page books.

By the way, all of those books I mentioned (not the coding complete,
but the others) are on that site you mentioned. Do remember though, one
of the best places to learn PHP is at their website, the manual is
perfectly done. Site is

Good luck!

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