Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Resources For My SMLP

Stated below is a list of resources I will be using to help me manage my SMLP. These include a mixture of online manuals, tutorials and physical copies of books.

  1. http://www.php.net
  2. The definitive resource for php. This will be my bible, at least for php coding, that will guide me through my SMLP. There are many snippets of useful information and users comments that will help me along the way.

  3. http://dev.mysql.com
  4. Again, the definitive resource for MySQL. This site hold all reference libraries and manuals and will be my first port of call if I am overcome by any obstacles regarding MySQL.

  5. http://www.tizag.com
  6. I have skimmed the surface of tizag and from what I see it seems to be quite a useful resource in learning PHP scripting. It has a step by step suitable for the novice user leading into more advanced tutorials.

  7. http://www.phpfreaks.com
  8. PHP Freaks is a network of help resources that stem in the forms of tutorials, blogs, feeds and forums. The blogs and feeds will keep me up to date with current issues/work-arounds/news with all things PHP.

  9. http://www.w3schools.com
  10. This site will provide me with help topics and tutorials on both PHP and MySQL. I have used it in the past to learn HTML as a fundamental building block but I feel that I will probably use this for points of reference and 'quick fixes' as the site it's self doesn't delve into great depths with scripts.

  11. http://www.phpbuilder.com
  12. PHP Builder is forum driven site and will probably be fundamental in my learning. No doubt I will become stuck in my learning process and will need help in resolving issues that are beyond my learning at that stage.

  13. http://www.goodphptutorials.com
  14. This site has many tutorials which I am sure will become an invaluable source in figuring out the bones of the code. I will be able to follow some of the tutorials and then strip them down to figure out how the operate.

  15. O'Riely - PHP Cookbook
  16. PHP Cookbook, from the preview on amazon, looks like it is in an easy to understand format and seems to be more of a reference book than a tutorial book. I feel this will be used more to the end of my SMLP as I will be able to use it for problem solving rather than learning.

  17. PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide
  18. Although I have yet to buy this title I have looked at the preview on amazon.co.uk and found that the introduction seems to be in plain English and easy to digest. Hopefully the MySQL portion of the book will be just as easy to follow as I do not plan on buying a book aimed purely at MySQL.*

  19. PHP In Easy Steps

    I have used JavaScript In Easy Steps in the past and know the format and think I should be able to pick it up quite easy. Hearing feedback from last years leavers have cemented my decision.

A few books I have decided not to include in my SMLP are the 'For Dummies' series. I have had an opportunity to read these books from the library, both SQL (5th edition) and PHP 5, and have decided to go on the recommendations of past students as they don't seem to have done too bad in there educations at Wakefield College.

[*] I have decided not to include any exclusive books on MySQL as one of the books stated is PHP and MySQL and I feel this will be ample for my SMLP.

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1 comment:

Fortuna said...

I woul also add PHP tutorial, as one of the best for beginners (to my mind)