[nycphp-talk] how did you learn php?
krook at us.ibm.com
Mon Aug 27 11:01:23 EDT 2007
> Hey, i'm kinda new around here and just tinkering around
> with php. My question to you guys is how did you learn? by
> reading or by taking apart scripts and adding your own
> style or what? I'm very curious.
There's no substitute for hands on learning. Find a project that
scratches an itch - a todo list application or CD inventory system for
example - and try to build it yourself. When you run into issues hit
Google, read the manual or source code of an existing, similar program.
Personally, my watershed for 'getting' PHP was to take a 2 or 3 day class
with one of the folks on this list about 5 years ago. This got me set
up with a development environment (Zend Studio), a basic set of tools
(phpMyAdmin, local copy of the PHP manual), and a list of resources to
consult for questions or existing solutions (phpclasses.org).
If you're specifically looking for things to read first, check out the
list Carlos Hoyos and I put together last year. It's showing its age, but
most of the concepts and resources are still relevant:
Recommended PHP reading list
Content Tools Developer - SCSA, SCJP, SCWCD, ZCE, ICDAssoc.
Global Solutions, ibm.com
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