Php is the popular web development choice of most developers and this language is used on world’s some of the most popular website like Facebook. If you want to learn this language then you must read some of the best book for beginners on Php.

Here we are presenting a list of Php books which would be very helpful for anyone who is thinking to learn this language.

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By stewart used under CC BY 2, Modified

Head First PHP & MySQL

By Lynn Beighley and Michael Morrison. This should be the first book for any person planning to learn PHP. Head First series books are targeted for beginners and they presents all the concepts in very understandable manner using handmade sketches, diagrams and some comics book like features. Packed with real-world examples, this book teaches you all the essentials of server-side programming, from the fundamentals of PHP and MySQL coding to advanced topics such as form validation, session IDs, cookies, database queries and joins, file I/O operations, content management, and more. Throughout the book, you’ll build sophisticated examples including a mailing list, a job board, and an online dating site.

A new edition of this book is going to release in December this year.

PHP and MySQL Web Development

By Luke Welling and Laura Thomson. Another book for beginners on PHP and MySQL. The structure of the book, the sequence of the material, and the technical explanations are excellent. This practical, hands-on book includes numerous examples that demonstrate common tasks such as authenticating users, constructing a shopping cart, generating PDF documents and images dynamically, sending and managing email, facilitating user discussions, connecting to Web services using XML, and developing Web 2.0 applications with Ajax-based interactivity.

Book is divided in parts. First and Second part is dedicated to PHP and MySQL. Part 3 is on developing E-Commerce application and applying security, authentication and implementing Secure Transactions in it. Part 4 covers advanced PHP techniques like Network and Protocol Functions, managing sessions and more. Last part is on building practical PHP and MySQL projects which includes projects like building web based email service, web forums, generating PDF files, web services and web 2.0 applications with AJAX.

Current Edition is 4th edition. 5th edition will be available from January 2016.

PHP for Absolute Beginners

For beginners, this is the best book after Head First PHP.This book takes a practical approach to teaching you how to build dynamic content for your website using PHP. You’ll quickly get started with practical PHP projects, learning how to build a dynamic image gallery. By the end of the book you’ll will have developed a personal blog complete with a password protected admin module.

Learning PHP, MySQL & Javascript : With jQuery, CSS & HTML5

By Robin Nixon. This book covers PHP along with MySQL, Javascript, jQuery, CSS3 and HTML5. With this book you learn how to build interactive, data-driven websites, implementing all the new HTML5 features, including geolocation, audio, video, and the canvas, mastering CSS 3 for styling your website, using Javascript and jQuery for enhancing the functionality of website, using sessions and security and using AJAX callbacks. It serves as a good reference book, while at the same time, providing brief examples to illustrate how to use each command or function as it is presented. This book shows more modern approaches to coding, including object-oriented programming and the power of jQuery.

PHP And MySQL Novice To Ninja

By Kevin Yank. This book understands the problem of beginners so it is just walkthrough of the process of learning. This book covers everything from installing PHP & MySQL under various operating systems like Windows, Linux, and Mac through to building a live web-based content management system.

Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development

This book covers Apache along with PHP and MySQL. Apache is the widely used web Server application which hosts PHP and other language websites. This book guides you through creating your own sites using the open source AMP model. You discover how to install PHP, Apache, and MySQL. Then you create PHP Web pages, including database management and security. Finally, you discover how to integrate your work with e-commerce and other technologies. This book is nearly outdated although it’s easy to understand. It teaches all those basic concepts which are still used per day by programmers.

Beginning PHP6, Apache, MySQL 6 web development is the advanced version.

More PHP Books

This is what all we got in beginners section in our research of best PHP books. With the software programming world, which rapidly changes, books on those technologies also changes. We are tracking those changes here and we’ll update you as soon as we get any updated information. If you have any suggestion, please let us know via comments.