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The following books are quite popular amongst PHP developers.

This list is far from being complete, but for your convenience I have just listed the most popular publications here -- books which are repeatedly referred and suggested to both, PHP newbies and Pro's looking for answers or because they are specialized in a certain aspect of PHP development.
I have included links to Amazon and most of their descriptions so that you get a feeling about their content. Additionally, I have added a small "Richey:..." comment - just a one-liner to give you a quick impression about the main target of the book.


PHP 4 Grundlagen und Profiwissen

PHP4 Grundlagen und Profiwissen

by Jörg Krause


List price: EUR 50,10
klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 1168 pages
Carl Hanser Verlag; ISBN: 3446215468
Richey: "a very useful book for the early adopters.."
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Book Description:

"Der Autor erklärt essenzielle Grundlagen der Webserverprogrammierung, Protokolle und Methoden. Die Sprache PHP 4 wird von Grund auf dargestellt, und die umfassende PHP-Referenz macht das Buch zu einem unentbehrlichen Nachschlagewerk. Professionelle Programmierer und Webdesigner finden hier fundierte Informationen über die "perfekte Sprache fürs Web". Aber auch Einsteiger erlernen leicht die Programmierung dynamischer, datenbankgestützter Websites."


Professional Linux Programming

Professional Linux Programming

by Neil Matthew, Richard Stones, Brad Clements etc.


List price: $59.99
Amazon price: $47.00 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 1200 pages (Sep'1999)
Wrox Press Inc; ISBN: 1861003013
Dimensions (in inches): 2.34 x 9.15 x 7.17
Richey: "Personally, I don't know this one - but others suggest it."
Click one of the bullets above for book details and ordering.

Book Description:

"As Linux increases its presence throughout the world as a target platform for professional application development, its growth as a powerful, flexible system offering many free development tools assures its place in the future. By giving you easy access to this comprehensive range of tools, supporting new and nascent technologies, at little or no cost, developing with Linux allows you to apply the solution that's right for you."

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to open-source software and Linux requirements
  • Use cases and sample C objects for sample video rental store
  • Version control and CVS (command-line options, revisions, branches, and multiuser version control)
  • Open-source freeware packages compared (mSQL, MySQL, and PostgreSQL)
  • Introduction to databases
  • Installing and using PostgreSQL
  • Tutorial on psql SQL
  • PostgreSQL C database APIs using libcq and embedded SQL calls with ECPG
  • Installing and using MySQL (command-line utilities and C database APIs)
  • Debugging with gdb
  • Introduction and tutorial to UI programming with glib
  • GTK+ and GNOME
  • Source trees and GNOME
  • UI design with Glade
  • Testing strategies (including regression testing, profiling, and memory bounds checking)
  • KDE/Qt UI programming
  • Introduction and quick tutorial to Python (keywords and basic syntax)
  • PHP for Web programming
  • Introduction to Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs) and CORBA
  • XML basics (document structure, parsing, and libxml)
  • Strategies for documentation (including custom man pages)
  • Distributing Linux applications with Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) packages
  • Code patches

Professional PHP Programming

Professional PHP Programming

by Sascha Schumann, Harish Rawat, Jesus M. Castagnetto, Deepak T. Veliath


List price: $49.00
Amazon price: $39.99 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 909 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (Dec'1999)
Sams; ISBN: 1861002963
Dimensions (in inches): 2.00 x 9.16 x 7.30
Richey: "An excellent introduction as well as bible for further learning."
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Book Description:

"This book is for developers that want to add a professional edge to their web applications or programmers who are either new to the web paradigm of development or experienced CGI programmers who are looking for the speed and convenience of a new technology. A working knowledge of HTML is assumed."


Core PHP Programming

Core PHP Programming

by Leon Atkinson


List price: $44.99
Amazon price: $35.99 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 769 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (Aug'2000)
Prentice Hall PTR/Sun Microsystems Press
ISBN: 0130893986
Richey: "Excellent in both, basics and expert stuff."
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Book Description:

"With the guidance of top PHP developer Leon Atkinson, you'll learn everything you'll need to build robust, fast Web applications — and deploy them on leading Web servers, from Apache to Microsoft Internet Information Server. Atkinson covers PHP syntax, the key building blocks of PHP scripts, and every PHP function, including I/O, data, and math functions, time, date, configuration, database, graphics, and network functions. He presents PHP at work in sample code that demonstrates sorting, searching, parsing, string evaluation, and more. You'll even find detailed, real-world insights into PHP 4 program design and debugging! Core PHP Programming delivers thorough, easy-to-understand coverage of PHP syntax and functions, step-by-step guidance for PHP database integration, design and optimization techniques for maximum performance and extensibility, practical debugging solutions CD-ROM includes PHP 4 source code and Windows binaries plus all the code examples from the book!"


Programming Browser-Based Applications

Programming Browser-Based Applications with PHP3

by David Medinets


List price: $39.99
Amazon price: $31.99 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 448 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (Oct'1999)
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing; ISBN: 0071353429
Dimensions (in inches): 1.57 x 8.97 x 6.12
Richey: "Contains really useful information."
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Book Description:

"Usage of PHP - cross-platform, server-side, HTML embedded scripting language - is rising by 100,000 domains per month. This is the first PHP reference on market, and it contains more code examples with more comments than any other UNIX book. Provides UNIX programmers with all the necessary tools to build dynamic Web applications and databases from open-source software. CD-ROM includes Red Hat Linux 6.0 operating system, award-winning MySQL database engine, code listings, sample applications, software and more."


Essential PHP for Web Professionals

Essential PHP for Web Professionals

by Christopher Cosentino


List price: $29.99
Amazon price: $23.99 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 168 pages (Oct'2000)
Prentice Hall Computer Books; ISBN: 0130889032
Richey: "Very promising (don't know the book myself, however.)"
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Book Description:

"This compact, example-rich guide teaches Web developers exactly what they need to know to achieve great results with PHP4, the world's fastest growing Web scripting language. Endorsed by The World Organization of Webmasters, Essential PHP for Web Professionals offers no-nonsense, practical coverage built around real-world available from a companion Web site. From PHP installation through sophisticated site automation, this book delivers practical answers, usable code, and real solutions—fast!"


Beginning PHP 4

Beginning PHP4

by Chris Lea, Wankyu Choi, Allan Kent, Ganesh Prasad, Chris Ullman


List price: $39.99
Amazon price: $31.99 click here for english details