20 Best PHP Books

1. PHP Bible, 2nd Edition

The "PHP 4 Bible" is a comprehensive tutorial and reference to PHP covering all the basics of PHP 4.2, how to connect PHP to HTML pages and XML pages to databases.

2. Programming PHP

This edition of the comprehensive guide focuses on the "mature" PHP 5 but also takes into consideration the real world. It includes information on interacting with relational databases and the new PDO library, advanced topics such as creating secure scripts, etc.

3. PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition)

The book shows how to combine the PHP scripting language with the MySQL databases to develop dynamic, secure and commercial Web sites.

4. PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide

PHP 6 and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites makes it easy to create dynamic, database-driven Web sites with step-by-step instructions, complete scripts, and expert tips to guide readers.

5. Beginning PHP and MySQL: From Novice to Professional, Third Edition

The book offers a comprehensive introduction to two of the most prominent open source technologies - the PHP scripting language and the MySQL database server, to create powerful web applications.

6. Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP

Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP brings together development techniques like PHP, MySQL, CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript/Ajax to create hottest PHP applications.

7. PHP Object-Oriented Solutions

A book that is aimed at intermediate developers for using Object Oriented Programming with PHP 5 and 6.

8. Professional PHP5 (Programmer to Programmer)

Professional PHP5 is for experienced PHP developers looking to program using Object Orientated (OO) code and techniques as well as advanced software architecture concepts.

9. PHP in a Nutshell

A complete reference to the core of the language as well as the most popular PHP extensions, designed to provide depth and breadth that can't be found elsewhere.

10. PHP 5 / MySQL Programming for the Absolute Beginner

An introduction to programming with a specific focus on programming web servers with the PHP programming language. A true beginner's guide.

11. PHP Cookbook

Learn how to build dynamic web applications that work on any web browser using PHP5 with specific solutions for programming challenges.

12. PHP for the World Wide Web, Second Edition

The most popular beginner's guide with step-by-step instructions and plenty of visual aids to get you started testing scripts, using basic syntax, working with variables and creating Web applications.

13. PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy

The book shows how to set up a PHP development environment, the basics of PHP Scripting, and how to add a database to one's site to store data in a very simple manner.

14. PHP 5 Power Programming

PHP 5 Power Programming shows you how to make the most of PHP 5's industrial-strength enhancements in any project, exploring the advanced features of PHP 5.

15. Advanced PHP Programming

This book is for intermediate to senior programmers who wants to expand their knowledge base in large scale, business-critical Web systems.

16. Wicked Cool PHP: Real-World Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems

This guide provides PHP scripts that can be implemented immediately. These include scripts for processing credit cards, checking for valid email addresses, templating, overriding PHP's default settings, serving dynamic images and text and lot more.

17. Professional PHP4

This book shows you how to create state of the art web applications that scale well, utilize databases optimally, and connect to a back-end network using a multi-tiered approach.

18. PHP Objects, Patterns, and Practice, Second Edition

This book goes well beyond the basics of object-oriented development, showing you how to meld the power of PHP with the sound enterprise development techniques embraced by professional programmers.

19. PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem - Solution Approach

A source of instant solutions with useful references to the most important aspects of the PHP 5 language.

20. PHP 5 Advanced: Visual QuickPro Guide

This guide teaches specific topics in direct, focused segments, how PHP is used in real-world applications, features popular and most-asked-about scripts. It includes PHP interactions with a server, XML, RSS, Networking with PHP, image and PDF generation and more.

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