PHP has gained a following among nontechnical web designers who need to add interactive aspects to their sites. Offering a gentle learning curve, PHP is an accessible yet powerful language for creating dynamic web pages. As its popularity has grown, PHP's basic feature set has become increasingly more sophisticated. Now PHP 5 boasts advanced features-such as new object-oriented capabilities and support for XML and Web Services-that will please even the mort experienced web professionals, while still remaining user-friendly enough for those with a lower tolerance for technical jargon.
If you want to try your band at PHP but don't know where to start, then Learning PHP 5 is the book you need. With attention to both PHP 4 and the new PHP Version 5, it provides everything from a explanation of how PHP works with your web server and web browser to the ins and outs of working with MySQL databases and HTML forms. Written by the coauthor of the popular PHP
Cookbook, this book is for intelligent (but not necessarily highly technical) readers.
Learning PHP 5 guides you through every aspect of the language you'll need to master for professional web programming results. This book provides a hands-on learning experience, complete with exorcises to make sure the lessons stick.