hi i enter the site to ask the same i like to learn php and mysql before i start to learn i tell one of my friends that i can handel one of his projects and iam searching for good books to learn from >
I learnt php/mysql from the book "How to do everything with php & mysql" by Vikram Vaswami. On amazon its like $30. Would recommend. Good for beginners as it covers php, mysql and apache individually then you look at some projects combining them. Only basic HTML knowlege is required.