Originally Posted by zone
Why not start here
Good luck !
great place to start!
i think php is such a powerful tool catered but not limited to the web.
so you don't need to download any programs, but you might want a good IDE, like dreamweaver... dreamweaver8 is great because it give you code hints on php functions etc. saves the trip to php.net reminding you what paramaters a function requires/accepts.
i personally like books too! if you get serious enough about php and you like occasional reading, PHP5 UNLEASHED(sams) by John Coggeshall is a good one for beginners and seasoned programmers alike.
so the first thing you need to do is have access to a webserver with php installed (IIS or Apache is fine), then all you do is write your scripts, upload it, and view it through a browser...
echo "Hello World of PHP";
if you see only those 4 words apear in your browser, then congrats... if not, then php may not be installed... try
<? phpinfo(); ?>
you should see a long description about the php_module on the webserver if php is available.