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BOOK: Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development ISBN: 978-0-7645-5744-6
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I want to start learning PHP and was wondering which book to get.. this one or the Beginning PHP4 book. I already have the Beginning ASP book and found it very useful, but I'm not sure which one to go for on PHP.
Does this book go into depth with PHP as much as PHP4? If it does, it would be great to get this book which also covers MySQL and Apache.

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This book is newer, Beginning PHP 4 is outdated and uses old PHP 3-ish ways of writing PHP which is a big headache since nearly all of the examples in it have to be modified in some way to work with current versions of PHP. I think you'll have a much easier time with this book. Both books cover MySQL and Apache.

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I'm 100 pages in and haven't encountered any problems with either the writing or the code. Sure, there are some things that I'll have to re-read but that's how things go when you're a newb. I haven't tried any of the addtional "Exercises" at the end of the chapters but I think that they're a good idea ... they really encourage you to practice what you've already "learned".

Will keep you posted! :)

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What about the Wrox book Beginning PHP4 Databases? Does that use the new register_globals off methods?

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 What about the Wrox book Beginning PHP4 Databases? Does that use the new register_globals off methods?
This isn't a Wrox book anymore, find it here:
http://support.apress.com/books.asp?...Go=Select+Book

My guess is that it looks like it was published prior to the change so it probably uses register_globals = On in the examples, which is bad. Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development is the first PHP book for Wrox published under Wiley ownership, so it is newer than any of the other "Wrox" PHP books.

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