0.3. Other Resources
0.3.1. Web Sites
There is a tremendous amount of PHP
reference material online. With everything from the annotated PHP
manual to sites with periodic articles and tutorials, a fast Internet
connection rivals a large bookshelf in PHP documentary usefulness.
Here are some key sites:
- The Annotated PHP Manual: http://www.php.net/manual/
Available in seventeen languages, this includes both official
documentation of functions and language features as well as
- PHP mailing lists: http://www.php.net/mailing-lists.php
There are many PHP mailing lists covering installation, programming,
extending PHP, and various other topics. A read-only web interface to
the mailing lists is at http://news.php.net/.
- PHP Presentation archive: http://conf.php.net/
A collection of presentations on PHP given at various conferences.
- PEAR: http://pear.php.net/
PEAR calls itself "a framework and distribution
system for reuseable PHP components."
You'll find lots of useful PHP classes and sample
- PHP.net: A Tourist's Guide: http://www.php.net/sites.php
This is a guide to the various web sites under the
- PHP Knowledge Base: http://php.faqts.com/
Many questions and answers from the PHP community, as well as links
to other resources.
- PHP DevCenter: http://www.onlamp.com/php/
A collection of PHP articles and tutorials with a good mix of
introductory and advanced topics.
This section lists books that are helpful references and tutorials
for building applications with PHP. Most are specific to web-related
programming; look for books on MySQL, HTML, XML, and HTTP.
At the end of the section, we've included a few
books that are useful for every programmer regardless of language of
choice. These works can make you a better programmer by teaching you
how to think about programming as part of a larger pattern of problem
Programming PHP by Kevin Tatroe and Rasmus
HTML and XHTML: The Definitive Guide by Chuck
Musciano and Bill Kennedy (O'Reilly).
Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide by Danny
Mastering Regular Expressions by Jeffrey E. F.
XML in a Nutshell by Elliotte Rusty Harold and
W. Scott Means (O'Reilly).
MySQL Reference Manual, by Michael
"Monty" Widenius, David Axmark, and
MySQL AB (O'Reilly); also available at
MySQL, by Paul DuBois (New Riders).
Web Security, Privacy, and Commerce by Simson
Garfinkel and Gene Spafford (O'Reilly).
Web Services Essentials, by Ethan Cerami
HTTP Pocket Reference, by Clinton Wong
The Practice of Programming, by Brian W.
Kernighan and Rob Pike (Addison-Wesley).
Programming Pearls by Jon Louis Bentley
The Mythical Man-Month, by Frederick P. Brooks
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