Best PHP Books


PHP is an open source server side scripting language created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, initially called Personal Home Page (PHP). PHP(Hypertext Preprocessing) – Used to design and develop dynamic and interactive web pages. A server side scripting language – PHP scripts run at server. Interpreter based – Scripts are processed every time it is run. There is no compiled output

These books are designed for those who aspire to become a PHP Developer. Here you will find 10 best PHP books to learn PHP from beginner level to advance level.

Top 10 PHP Books

1. Head First PHP & MySQL: A Brain-Friendly Guide

Author :- Lynn Beighley, Michael Morrison
Edition :- 2nd Edition
Published by :- O'Reilly

The book is for the web designer with HTML or XHTML experience and a desire to take your web pages to the next level. If you want to go beyond simple HTML pages to learn, understand, and remember how to use PHP and MySQL to build web applications then this book is for you.
If you are unfamiliar with basic programming concepts like variables and loops, if you a kick-butt PHP web developer looking for a reference book then this book is not for you.

2. PHP Cookbook

Author :- David Sklar, Adam Trachtenberg
Edition :- 3rd Edition
Published by :- O′Reilly

Want to understand a certain PHP programming technique? Or learn how to accomplish a particular task? This cookbook is the first place to look. With more than 350 code-rich recipes revised for PHP 5.4 and 5.5, this third edition provides updated solutions for generating dynamic web content—everything from using basic data types to querying databases, and from calling RESTful APIs to testing and securing your site.
Each recipe includes code solutions that you can freely use, along with a discussion of how and why they work. Whether you’re an experienced PHP programmer or coming to PHP from another language, this book is an ideal on-the-job resource.

3. Programming PHP: Creating Dynamic Web Pages

Author :- Kevin Tatroe, Peter MacIntyre, Rasmus Lerdorf
Edition :- 3rd Edition
Published by :- Shroff

This updated edition teaches everything you need to know to create effective web applications with the latest features in PHP 5.x. You’ll start with the big picture and then dive into language syntax, programming techniquesand other details, using examples that illustrate both correct usage and common idioms.
If you have a working knowledge of HTML, the authors’ many style tips and practical programming advice will help you become a top-notch PHP programmer.

4. Modern PHP: New Features and Good Practices

Author :- Josh Lockhart
Edition :- 2015 Edition
Published by :- Shroff/O'Reilly

There are a million PHP tutorials online. Most of these tutorials are outdated and demonstrate obsolete practices. Unfortunately, these tutorials are still referenced today thanks to their immortality on Google.
Modern PHP is my next endeavor toward the same goal. This book is not a reference manual. Nope, This book is a friendly conversation between Josh and you. Josh will introduce you to the modern PHP programming language. The book will show you the latest PHP techniques that Josh use every day at work and on the open source projects. And Josh will help you use the latest coding standards so you can share your PHP components and libraries with the PHP community.

5. The Joy of PHP

Author :- Alan Forbes
Edition :- 2015 Edition
Published by :- Createspace Independent Pub

Alan starts with some basic HTML so the absolute beginner can catch up quickly and then goes step by step on how PHP works. You start with the easy stuff--like how to create and run simple PHP scripts that modify web pages-- and then build on what you've learned through a series of cohesive (and fun) exercises that carry over from lesson to lesson.
This book does not attempt to cover everything about PHP. What it does do-- and does well-- is take you from being a beginner who isn't even sure what PHP is to someone who knows the sheer joy that only programming dynamic sites can provide. You will become someone who can read, write, and modify PHP scripts and you will be able make your website come alive.

6. PHP & MySQL – Novice to Ninja

Author :- Tom Butler & Kevin Yank
Edition :- 6th Edition
Published by :- SitePoint

This book is aimed at intermediate and advanced web designers looking to make the leap into server-side programming. You'll be expected to be comfortable with simple HTML, as the author make use of it without much in the way of explanation. No knowledge of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) or JavaScript is assumed or required, but if you do know JavaScript, you'll find it will make learning PHP a breeze, since these languages are quite similar.
By the end of this book, you can expect to have a grasp of what's involved in building a modern PHP website, the basics of PHP, and tried and tested techniques that are used by developers today.

7. PHP in Action: Objects, Design, Agility

Author :- Dagfinn Reiersol, Marcus Baker, Chris Shiflett
Edition :- 2007 Edition
Published by :- Manning Publications

To keep programming productive and enjoyable, state-of-the-art practices andprinciples are essential. Object-oriented programming and design help managecomplexity by keeping components cleanly separated. Unit testing helps preventendless, exhausting debugging sessions. Refactoring keeps code supple andreadable. PHP offers all this-and more.
PHP in Action shows you how to apply PHP techniques and principles to all themost common challenges of web programming including: Web presentation and templates, User interaction including the Model-View-Contoller architecture, Input validation and form handling, Database connection and querying and abstraction, Object persistence.

8. PHP: The Complete Reference

Author :- Steven Holzner
Edition :- 2017 Edition
Published by :- McGraw Hill Education

PHP: The Complete Reference, as the name suggests is a complete reference guide to the widely popular PHP.
This book deals with explaining how to personalize the PHP work space, define operators and variables, manipulate strings and arrays and the way in which one can use HTML. It also covers details on how to access database information, track client-side preferences using cookies, execute FTP and e-mail transactions and publish your applications to the Web. Additionally, this book deals in PHP's next generation Web 2.0 design features including AJAX, XML and RSS.

9. PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming

Author :- Ullman
Edition :- 2013 Edition
Published by :- Pearson Education India

This book can be loosely divided into three sections. Most examples used in this book are intended to be applicable in the real world. Ullman focus almost equally on the philosophies involved as on the coding itself so that, in the end, you will come away with not just how to do this or that but also how to apply the new skills and ideas to your own projects.
Ullman had three goals in writing this new edition:
• Greatly expanding the coverage of OOP
• Introducing new, more current topics, such as unit testing and debugging
• Cutting content that is outdated or has since been better covered in my other books

10. Murach's PHP and MySQL

Author :- Joel Murach, Ray Harris
Edition :- 3rd Edition
Published by :- Mike Murach & Associates Inc.

This book gets you started with PHP and MySQL as quickly as possible and then builds out your skills in a professional way. To present the whole any of PHP and MySQL skills in a manageable progression. it's divided into four sections.
This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to build and maintain websites that use PHP with MySQL a MariaDB, which are essentially interchangeable. The only prerequisite for this book is that you have basic HTML and CSS skills. If you don't have these skills, you can get them by reading the first II chapters of Murach's HTML5 and CSS3 (3M Edition).

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