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Beginner Venturing into PHP

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I'm hearing so many things about PHP that I thought I should give it a try. Is there any special program I have to download and install? In the past I've learned to program in Turing (Alan Turing, Turing Machine, google/wikipedia it). I also have some moderate experience using HTML. Can anyone get me headed into the right direction? What's the first thing I need to do?
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Why not start here
Good luck !
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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.

good luck.

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hmm, I guess PHP isn't installed... ehh... Well, I think I'll check out PHP5 Unleashed next time I go to the book store. Thanks for the help! ^^
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