15+ Best PHP and MySQL Books for Beginners

In the mid 1990’s PHP was born. Since then, it has come a long way from being in the oblivion to becoming one of the most famous languages to power the World Wide Web. PHP now owns the distinction of being an excellent global web development platform. The coming out of numerous books about PHP throughout its long history is the testament to its ever growing prominence. At present there are over 400 PHP and MySQL Books and web development books written about PHP and still many are coming out.

MySQL is the most common system database used with PHP. It is easy to use, very fast and reliable. The best thing about it is, it can be downloaded for free and is free to use and is ideal both for small and large applications. Combined together, PHP and MySQL is powerful, enough to propel your website to prominence.

Learning PHP and MySQL has never been this easy. If you are a PHP developer yourself who need resources for your current PHP development project, or if you are a web developer for a company website or a freelance web developer who wish to improve your web development knowledge and skills using PHP, or if you simply wish to gain knowledge on professional web site development using PHP platform, you are in the right place. Here are the 15+ best PHP and MySQL and web development books just for you.

PHP and MySQL Web Development 4th Edition

PHP and MySQL Web Development 4th Edition
This is an indispensable handbook on PHP and MySQL web development. This book presents a straightforward, clear and well arranged writing. A reader rated this book as “true PHP/MySQL Bible.” Written by Laura Thomson, a senior software engineer at Mozilla Corporation and Luke welling, a web architect at OmniTI.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Luke Welling, Laura Thomson.

Learning PHP MySQL JavaScript and CSS Book

Learning PHP MySQL JavaScript and CSS Book
A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites. This excellent, easy to read web development guide is specifically prepared for non-programmers. This is highly recommended for beginners in programming and web development. This is the 2nd edition of the best selling guide of the same title. It is written by Robin Nixon, the developer of the world’s first licensed Internet radio station and the first known pop-up windows.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Robin Nixon

PHP 5 & MySQL Programming for the Absolute Beginner

PHP 5 MySQL Programming for the Absolute Beginner
This book introduces web programming highlighting web servers utilizing PHP language. This book offers easy to follow instructional lessons. Readers are led by the hand to practically create their own game programs using PHP and MySQL. As each concept unfolds, readers will actually acquire basic programming skills that can be applied to project in the real world.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Andy Harris

Head First PHP & MySQL Book for Beginner

Head First PHP and MySQL Books
This is a best-selling book prepared for those who can create more complex web pages using PHP and MySQL. It teaches server-side programming, from PHP fundamentals, MySQL coding and to more advanced topics. Written by Lynn Beighley, a former Yahoo! employee who discovered Flash and Michael Morrison a writer, developer and toy inventor.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Lynn Beighley, Michael Morrison.

Learning PHP & MySQL and JavaScript Book

Learning PHP & MySQL and JavaScript Book
A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites. This book is written for quick building of interactive sites. It explains how the combination of PHP, MySQL and Javascript work to create web programming concepts. There are review questions at the end of each chapter to encourage the readers to practice the lessons learned. There is also a sample social networking platform built using the elements introduced in the book.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Robin Nixon.

The Joy of PHP A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Interactive Web Applications

The Joy of PHP  Beginner's Guide to Programming Interactive Web Applications
This book is designed to teach website design and creating browser applications. It is well written in with easy to follow step by step instructions. It also presents lots of tips and clear and concise explanations and offers specimen codes. It is written by Alan Forbes, a winner of Douglass Prize for entrepreneurship from Babson College and the product manager of VitalSigns, a Blackberry Lotus domino and Sametime monitoring tool.
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Beginning PHP and MySQL 5 From Novice to Professional Book

Beginning PHP and MySQL 5
This book is written for those who search for a cost effective but powerful solution for creating dynamic and flexible websites. It is a 3-in1 book providing basic instructions on the PHP language and My SQL and then showing the elements that make these 2 applications a powerful combination to build interactive websites. It includes 500 code samples. This book is updated for MySQL 5.
VIEW BOOK – Author: W. Jason Gilmore

Beginning PHP and MySQL From Novice to Professional

Beginning PHP and MySQL From Novice to Professional
This is the third edition of the book of the same title that offers a wide range of information and tutorials about PHP scripting language and MySQL database server. It is updated for the latest MySQL release. It is designed to educate readers on building formidable, stable and manageable web applications. It is written by Jason Gilmore, the co-founder of the infamous CodeMAsh, the biggest Mid-West developer conference.
VIEW BOOK – Author: W. Jason Gilmore

A Programmer’s Introduction to PHP 4.0

A Programmer s Introduction to PHP 4.0
This book examines how PHP performs with JavaScript, XML and Component Object Model (COM). This book is suitable for developers of all levels from novice to the advanced.
VIEW BOOK – Author: W. Jason Gilmore

Beginning PHP5, Apache, and MySQL Web Development

Beginning PHP5 Apache and MySQL Web Development
This book is an update to a Wrox best-seller. It steers readers throughout the process of constructing data driven and dynamic sites using MySQL, Apache and PHP language. It covers database management from scripting PHP, integration and security to using PHP to connect HTML based sites to a back-end database. It is updated to the latest MySQL and PHP.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Elizabeth Naramore, Jason Gerner, Yann Le Scouarnec, Jeremy Stolz, Michael K. Glass

Beginning PHP 5.3 Book for Beginners Book

Beginning PHP 5.3 Book for Beginners
This book is specifically intended for starters in the PHP programming or any web applications. It gives detailed and easy to understand instructions on working with MySQL databases. Beginners who never touched any database before will be able to achieve a working knowledge and skills by reading this book.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Matt Doyle

PHP 6 & MySQL Programming for the Absolute Beginner

PHP 6 MySQL Programming for the Absolute Beginner
This book is a solid instruction for beginners in PHP and MySQL. It teaches the basic programming principles by way of simple game building. It has a companion CD containing the complete tutorials of the fundamentals set forth in the book. This book is a must for absolute beginners.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Andrew B. Harris

PHP & MySQL Programming for the Absolute Beginner

PHP & MySQL Programming for the Absolute Beginner
This book teaches PERL programming language. It imparts the readers with all the basic programming concepts they need to understand any computer language they wish to learn.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Andy Harris

PHP & MySQL Novice to Ninja Book

PHP & MySQL Novice to Ninja
This book is a no-nonsense hands-on manual to learn all the principles, tools and procedures needed to create a well designed and database driven site utilizing PHP and MySQL.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Kevin Yank

Beginning PHP 6 Apache MySQL 6 Web Development

Beginning PHP 6 Apache MySQL 6 Web Development
This book step by step guide to understanding the working principles behind MySQL, Apache and PHP.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Timothy Boronczyk, Elizabeth Naramore, Jason Gerner, Yann Le Scouarnec, Jeremy Stolz

Beginning PHP Apache MySQL Web Development

Beginning PHP Apache MySQL Web Development
This book guides readers on the how’s of combining PHP, APACHE and MySQL in creating websites. Its objective is for the readers to apply their acquired learning from setting up simple database tables to building diverse types of web sites.
VIEW BOOK – Author: Michael K. Glass, Yann Le Scouarnec, Elizabeth Naramore, Gary Mailer, Jeremy Stolz, Jason Gerner

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