Resources on the Web
We've put together some URLs to help you in your adventure with PHP. You'll find some excellent tutorial and reference sites, the PHP software itself and other supporting software, and a list of PHP editors. *
Official PHP Site Introductory Tutorialhttp://www.php.net/tut.php
This is a brief tutorial on the official PHP site.
Official PHP Site Manualhttp://www.php.net/manual/en/index.php
The tutorial on the official PHP site is very minimal. The manual, on the other hand, may become your best friend as you pursue PHP, especially the function index.
A very thorough set of PHP tutorials.
Zend - PHP 101: PHP For the Absolute Beginnerhttp://devzone.zend.com/article/627
A thorough and entertaining tutorial from the Zend Developer Zone.
TuxRadar - Practical PHPhttp://www.tuxradar.com/practicalphp
An online and enjoyable PHP book. Covers most everything you might want to know about PHP.
Webmonkey - PHP Tutorial for Beginnershttp://www.webmonkey.com/2010/02/php_tutorial_for_beginners/
Short and sweet but covers the high points; Wired's Webmonkey PHP tutorial.
Tizag - PHP Tutorialhttp://www.tizag.com/phpT/
Another good source for learning about PHP.
Nettuts+ - Object-Oriented PHP for Beginnershttp://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/php/object-oriented-php-for-beginners/
Clear tutorial about creating classes and objects.
Detailed tutorials for string functions, among others.
PHP Installation Resources
Wikipedia's List of AMP Packageshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMP_packages
You'll find cross-platform packages here, as well as packages for Linux, Windows and Mac. Follow the links for your platform.
Wikipedia's Comparison of WAMP Packages (for Windows)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_WAMPs
Chart with in depth comparison of these many packages. Includes links.
HotScripts Installation Kitshttp://www.hotscripts.com/category/php/software-servers/installation-kits/
This is the link given to installation kits from the official PHP site.
Wikipedia's List of PHP Editorshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PHP_editors
If you haven't already, consider downloading an editor with syntax highlighting. It's much easier than working from Notepad. Wikipedia lists editors for Windows, Mac, and Linux, both freeware and commercial.
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* These are sites we have used and found genuinely helpful. We are sharing these as a service to our visitors, unknown to the webmasters of these sites.