What are the best resources for learning php?

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  1. 38



    Codeacademy is an online platform aimed at helping people learn to code through interactive classes. It offers various coding courses on programming languages such as Python, Java, and JavaScript among others.


    $19.99- Varies by plan

    Wayne Baker
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "Codeacademy provided me with a quick easy to learn system for learning php. I have previous experience in C# and JAVA, but needed to learn php quickly for a new job. I was able to quickly move through the lessons because they did a really good job of explaining the basics which allowed me to dive right in and get coding. Within a few hours I had a few simple programs running! Based on my experience, I would recommend this for any budding php programmer, whether they are new to coding or not!"
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    A Massive resource for learning just about anything. Has sections on software development, design, business, web development, photography and more. 


    Varies by plan

    Huang Shi
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "php is something I have been interested in learning to add another notch on my programming language belt since I already know a little about it. Searching for things to help me I found Lynda.com and took a course. I am much more confident in my php skills now."
  3. 26



    Codeschool is a website that features 66 courses on all different types of coding languages including PHP, Swift, Angular, React, Node.js, and HTML5. 



    Raymond Franklin
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "Are you trying to learn php? Look no further than codeschool. Their gamification makes learning to code easy! With a compelling narrative built to string together multiple lessons, 'Close Encounters With PHP' takes you from beginner to a strong intermediate foundation via a web based free course that is easy to understand, pick up when you pause, and will challenge you in all the right ways."
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    Curated tutorials on over 200 web technologies to make you a self-taught expert programmer. Learn to code with languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript.


    Written on May 25, 2017
    "Very good for getting started. They have a wide range of topics and tracks you can take to reach your learning goals. The strengths are that you have access to so much free help and material, and that so much has been compiled for you so you can stop searching for the help you need and you can simply start learning, right here and now. Excellent."
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    #5PHP 5 Objects, Patterns, and Practice

    PHP 5 Objects, Patterns, and Practice
    Teaches important principles in designing, maintaining and shipping real web applications.

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    Christian Thomas
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "PHP 5 Objects, Patterns, and Practice is a great resource guide. It was really helpful that the book was broken down into sections, starting with a broad overview. Since I am just starting to learn php, I appreciated a book that began with the basics. I finished this book, but will keep it around so that I can go back to when I'm having a little trouble."
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    #6PHP: The right way

    PHP: The right way

    Introduce new PHP developers to topics and what to consider when coding 



    Randy Lewis
    Written on January 15, 2017
    "Man I cannot say enough good things about PHP: The right way. I thought they did a fantastic job explaining PHP and have a really comprehensive way of laying everything out. When I started I couldn't have imagined getting better results."
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    #7PHP Manual

    PHP Manual
    Reference style resource for intermediate to advanced PHP coders


    Tomás Huerta
    Written on January 26, 2017
    "This is a great resource, but I find it to be a little deeper than I wanted to start. I've wanted to make a simple webpage for a while, and PHP seemed like a good place to start, so I went straight to the source. This was too much for me, but once I got a handle from another couple of sources and guides that I found online it became very helpful in figuring out what some of the functions were actually doing. If you have at least a basic understanding of PHP go here for everything else you need to know."
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    #8PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition)

    PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition)
    Clear straightforward writing that is a good resource for all PHP writers

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    Johnny Henry
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "I thought I would never understand PHP or MySQL, Until I picked up a copy of PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition). The book is extremely helpful and has advanced me to a level of comfort in web development that I never had before. You work has seen great improvement. "
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    #9PHP Academy

    PHP Academy
    A range of video courses and ebooks on various topics on PHP

    $99- 1 year

    Nathan Harper
    Written on February 13, 2017
    "If you're looking to learn PHP, look no further than codecourse's PHP academy. I can't even begin to say how incredibly useful this resource was to me as a beginner. They give you a complete crash course in PHP and set the foundations for a solid start in the programming language. Can't speak it up enough."
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    #10Udemy: Learn PHP Programming From Scratch

    Udemy: Learn PHP Programming From Scratch
    Teaches basics to more advanced PHP programming using real world examples and sample projects.


    Phillip Baker
    Written on January 26, 2017
    "Learning PHP seems like a great use of time! There's a huge discount too, so even if it was just an idle interest, getting it for ten dollars is a great benefit! It's even updated regularly!"
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    #11The Joy of PHP: A Beginner's Guide to Programming Interactive Web Applications with PHP and mySQL

    The Joy of PHP: A Beginner's Guide to Programming Interactive Web Applications with PHP and mySQL

    How to program interactive web applications with PHP and MySQL even if you've never programmed before.


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    Will He
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "I really enjoyed the practical application teaching method in this book. It has you working right away on a virtual server and it is obvious to me that the author has mastered the art of teaching. It is not like he holds your hand the whole way through so it allows you to learn without being spoon fed. I found the Joy of PHP to be a little bit like The Joy of Cooking; if you know a little bit of what to do you can get a lot out of the book and enjoy yourself at the same time."
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    Crowd-sourced code mentorship. Practice having thoughtful conversations about code.


    Ronald Tran
    Written on December 29, 2017
    "This might be an excellent place to master your coding skills in any of dozens of languages that Exercism currently offers (php is in the list). The project is yet in its prototype stage, however, it is aiming at utilizing all the currently available technologies and, of course, hundreds of enthusiasts to provide learners with valuable feedback on what aspects their knowledge of programming languages can be improved and how. As a person who is deeply interested in programming, I would definitely try exercises from exercism.io. Bookmarked! "
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    #13Knp University

    Knp University

    A website where you will find a lot of online tutorials and courses of PHP and Symfony. You can subscribe and enjoy more than 65 video tutorials.



    Sharon Qin
    Written on April 12, 2018
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    #14CodingForums PHP board

    CodingForums PHP board

    Coding Forums has a lot of threads where you can ask for solutions and learn from articles posted by users on a lot of topics on coding.



    Anthony Vargas
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "My friend and I were interested in learing php and I found CodingForums PHP board through a google search. Browsing that website has easily helped us in our understanding of php"


Best What are the best resources for learning php
1CodeacademyWebsites 38 Paid
2LyndaWebsites 33 Paid
3CodeschoolWebsites 26 Free
4BentoWebsites 26 Free
5PHP 5 Objects, Patterns, and PracticeBooks 21 Paid
6PHP: The right wayWebsites 18 Free
7PHP ManualWebsites 13 Free
8PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition)Books 12 Paid
9PHP AcademyWebsites 9 Paid
10Udemy: Learn PHP Programming From ScratchWebsites 8 Paid

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