I tried doing tutorials but it is unorganized and unstructured, where can I learn PHP from beginner to master? I’m looking for a site like www.w3chools.com
, but somehow I feel it is incomplete, specially when it comes to more advanced functions.
I know some basics but I wouldn’t be able to for example make a secure online webstore, and I seem to be stuck at this point, how / where should I proceed?
I started 7 years ago. In my personal experience, your road to programming will look something like this:
For HTML (and CSS), I started by using a graphical editor at (then freewebs.com) webs.com that allowed me to add code snippets. I used some random GeoCities site (may it rest in peace) to look up things. Now, use Google or Bing
Another thing I used to do was look at people’s code by right clicking in my browser and hitting “view source”.
is good for analyzing scripts because of the debugging capabilities. (Don’t worry about that yet though.)
To learn PHP/MySQL you can get a book. The two languages are often put together so finding books that show you how to use them in tandem should be a snap. I used O’reilly books for PHP
I don’t like the online PHP reference so much, because when I’m testing I don’t always have internet. I use a virtual server setup on my machine. Look into that when you are ready to start learning PHP and MySQL.
The last thing to remember is that web standards are always changing, but don’t get too crazy about it. when I started, XHTML was all the rage and now everyone is talking about HTML5. I still use XHTML as do many others. It goes to show that things move at different paces for everyone.
Good luck, I hope I helped!
EDIT: Geoff Adams pretty much sums up my post – Play around the invest in books. And, it will take time. I’m till nowhere near perfect.