Robert’s Book Club: PHP Books

Well what PHP books do you recommend for someone who wants to enhance already pretty solid understanding of the language? I’ve got a rather good level of experience, but want some reference, and good tips on getting better (there’s always room to improve).

MySQL, Second Edition

Programming PHP

PHP Cookbook

Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL

Advanced PHP Programming

I can’t decide, they all look pretty interesting. Anyone read any of these? Good? Bad? Recommend another?

This ain’t no Opera’s Book Club. πŸ˜‰

2 replies on “Robert’s Book Club: PHP Books”

As a co-author of PHP Cookbook, I’m biased, but if you’re already familiar with PHP, then you probably want to buy PHP Cookbook or Advanced PHP Programming. Or both, really. The cover different topics.

There’s not much in Programming PHP or Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL for an experienced PHP programmer. They’re more introductory texts.

As for MySQL, Second Edition, I think you may be better off checking out MySQL Cookbook instead. MySQL, the product, has had lots of changes in the last year, and MySQL, Second Edition is a year and a half old. (Note that Paul DuBois is the author of both MySQL books.)

While I’m plugging books, check out my forthcoming book: Upgrading to PHP 5. It should be out in July. πŸ™‚

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