Alright, PHP Beginner here. I was just wondering, does anybody know of any good PHP books out there and if so, can you recommend one to me that has both help with PHP and MySQL?

I know some parts of PHP, such as the opening and closing tags (<?php and ?>) and the include, require_once, require and all of them and the if statement. But thats about it. I think this could count good for a beginner:




if ($HTTP_POST_VARS = . '2' . == This part is for the expression);
      { Statement would go inside of
         this place right here with the brackets surrounding it


Well, that should tell a little about what I know. Anybody think they could tell me if thats a good start for a beginner. The above is not intended to be a piece of code, just what I know. ;)

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Last Post by Young Teck 06

Not exactly....
a) $HTTP_POST_VARS are out dated, use $_POST now; and
b) If you use comments to show things in REAL code, people will pick up what you're doing far faster than if you confuse them with fake code.

For example, you could so something like...


/* We'll start by showing the top of the page. We've already created the TOP of the page and saved in in a file called header.html (in the same directory as this file). We can use the include() function to 'include it' at the top of our page as follows: */


// Now we will check, did the user find the secret page?
// We can do this using an IF block as follows:

if( $_GET['found_secret'] == 'yes' )
      // Here we can do what we want for our 'secret page'.
      // The user can get here by adding ?found_secret=yes to the
      // end of the page's URL. This part of the code, the bits
      // between the curly brackets, is only 'read' by the PHP engine
      // if the above statement is true.

      echo 'You found our secret <br />';

// Output footer...



This could form a thrid or fourth tutorial in PHP, introducing IF blocks.


dear sir,
i am a beginner who just got great interest in anything related to computer.I got a website thuz marcarnar.com built for me by my friend;all because of the zeal in me towards having one.My friend travelled abroad inturn left me back to my inexperience idea about continiung working on my website.He introduced php to me as the best programme for making a web and i believe him but there isnt any idea for me to continue this.....what am i suppose to do........?I explore ur website but despite different kinds of programming terms i cant understand make me more confuse.

kindly be of help
MarCarNar Alan.


Yea, lets see. I am very much interested in PHP.

1. Does anybody have anything else that they can introduce me to
2. Can somebody please still recommend me a PHP and MySQL combo book?


Can you do a few more samples, I hate when I get very frustrated with these type of codings, it really does and literally sucks, for real. I'll keep trying though.


Well you'll have to tell me what level of experience you have... for example, would you recognise what the hereafter inserted code block does?


echo 'Hello, world!';


I wonder if this will work, can somebody give a test run and tell me:


// Process out the header portion of the page

// Connect to the database - DO NOT forget to change the user and 
// password parts to your right information
$link = mysql_pconnect ("localhost", "mysql_user", "mysql_passowrd")
or die("Could not connect: " . mysql_error());

// Now lets create the database, if it is done successfully, it will say so, if 
// not it will tell that it was not.
if (mysql_create_db("my_db"))   {
  print("Database created successfully\n");
else   {
  printf ("Error creating database: %s\n", mysql_error());

// Process out the footer portion of the page

The above code should create a database, I didnt make this code, I actually copied it, but if it works, I want to change it around some and then see if it works.


I am in no level at all.I am as good as not knowing anything but wanna know;because i am a learner,i see myself as a learner and ready to learn at anytime from anybody knowledgeable than me......I am just learning how to use the frontpage to design a web but php is my ultimate choice.


To YoungTrek: I can't see any problems with the code, but then I don't tend to use the mysql functions directly. Try it out, see if it works.

As for MarCarNar, I'd suggest that you get a good grip of XHTML and CSS before you move on to PHP. If you're using Frontpage, then try using its HTML editing mode, where you type the page entirely in HTML as apposed to just typing then formatting using the buttons and have it generate the 'behind-the-scenes' code for you...


Recommended Book:MySQL/PHP Database Applications
by Jay Greenspan & Brad Bulger

I used this & i like it.

Here you will face applications in detail for beginners as well as experts.


alright, well I mean, I like PHP.NET, but does it teach SQL tutorials, and its a really pain-in-the-ass to not be able to easily understand it, its fully detailed.

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