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Top 7 Best Books to Learn PHP Programming in 2017

Aiesha Hasan Mar 03, 2017

PHP is one of the most popular server-side scripting language. The demand of PHP is evident. World’s top website like Facebook, Google, Wikipedia and YouTube runs PHP script in their back ends. With PHP you can develop dynamic websites. Being a server-side scripting language, PHP sends all the information to the servers whenever any form is submitted. Before listing the top PHP books for learning, I am going to give a general overview of PHP language.

What is PHP?

Introduced by Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP is an open-source, server-side general scripting language which is easy to learn and can run on different OS (Operating System) such as Windows, LINUX, UNIX and more. PHP supports multiple databases like MYSQL, MS Access, and Oracle. PHP not only connects the form data but also create, read, write, close and delete files on the server.

PHP is easy to embed in HTML with these tags “ < ? php ? >  ”


PHP code executes on the server side and then sent back to the client-side i-e your browser. PHP is used to create dynamic web pages, collects form data and to send or receive cookies.

PHP Programming Books 2017

Learning PHP programming or developing PHP applications is not a daunting task. We all need to work our way up from the bottom and to make that happen, we must always keep ourselves in practice.

Let’s take a look at the top 7 books to learn PHP programming.

The Joy of PHP Programming: A Beginner’s Guide

Author: Alan Forbes


Overview: As the name best describes it, the book is for absolute beginners to catch up quickly. It starts with some basic HTML and goes step by step as for how PHP actually works with a series of close-knits and fun exercises.

The book provides a great information on PHP and MYSQL. After completing the book, one can read, write and modify PHP scripts and can make your own dynamic websites.

PHP & MYSQL Novice to Ninja

Author: Kevin Yank


Overview:  This book will give a solid ground on both PHP and MYSQL in the most easily and readable manner. In this book, you can learn some important and useful PHP elements such as regular expression/session management. The book also contains an excellent chapter on structured programming.

This book is real good for beginners because it’s well-written, engaging and covers the basics of PHP and MYSQL.

Head First PHP & MYSQL

Author: Lynn Beighley & Michael Morrison


Overview:  The book is the ultimate learning guide to building dynamic and database-driven websites. The book contains basics and the advanced topics of PHP and MYSQL codings such as form validation, cookies, database queries, file I/O operation, content management and much more.

Learning PHP, MYSQL, JavaScript, CSS & HTML5

Author: Robin Nixon


Overview: The book is the second edition of the top-selling guide to the web development. This latest edition is easier to follow and has a large amount of information.

You can practice whatever you learn from this book with the review questions at the end of each chapter. The book also describes a sample social networking platform built with the help of elements introduced in the book.

PHP and MYSQL Web Development

Author: Luke Welling & Laura Thompson


Overview: The book is a complete guide as how to make use of the PHP tools to create interactive and effective web applications. The book explains the basics of the PHP language and how to setup MYSQL database and also tells how PHP interacts with the database.

The book also has examples that demonstrate common PHP tasks. This book is all in all a crash course of PHP.

The PHP & MYSQL: The Missing Manual

Author: Brett McLaughlin


Overview: This book will take you to the next level in PHP programming. Reading this book will help you in learning as how to manage content, create a database and interact with users.

With the help of its step by step tutorials, this revised version will broaden your knowledge on server-side programming.

PHP: A Beginner’s Guide

Author: Vikram Vaswani


Overview: The book will help you understand how to write basic PHP programs with more advanced features such as MYSQL database integration, XML input, and third-party extensions.

This book is perfect for intermediate level as it covers enough including software installations, language syntax, flow control routines, data structures and built-in functions.

Never Quit Learning

All the above-mentioned books are for beginners who wants to develop PHP websites and applications. Pick any of these books and get a clear understanding of PHP programming language.

Read Here 20 Best Websites for Learning PHP Programming

Aiesha Hasan

Aiesha Hasan

Digital Content Producer at Arpatech
Aiesha Hasan is a Web Developer and a Digital Content Creator. She likes to keep in touch with the latest technology in the world and educate people about it.
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