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    I have just started learning PHP 2 days ago. i have learned all the basics from the PHP Manual provided also by this side.

    I wish to master PHP but not sure how. Please advice.
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    The book "Professional PHP Programming" By Wrox is pretty good. Trial and error is the best method to learn.

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    Thank you very much...i will try to look for the book...but i have one more question.

    What are the programs or what can i do with PHP to practice it? Can you please list down a few such as..online order form, emailing...

    Please advice.

    Thank you very much.
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    Well, los of things. dynamic web pages are the most useful feature. I use it and mysql to to create web pages for a running club. Online catalog, email apps, forums, online store are all possible. That book I mentioned shows and explains code for three or four php projects.

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    Hola cgcg,

    I haven't found a practical limit for php yet. I've been using it in place of some simple perl scripts for network admin, database admin, file management, back ups, as well as dynamic pages.

    I learned by going to http://www.php.net/projects.php
    and http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/
    getting the applications and installing them, viewing the code, and try to duplicate.
    the Devshed PHP discussion is probably the best IMHO for beginner-intermediate.
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    Thank you very much for the advice...but the problem for me is i don't really have the opportunity to practice it. Is there any way for me to trial and error all the applications?
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    Find yourself an interesting project (or 2!) and start coding. I taught myself PHP by building a web based email system, a slashdot.org style discussion forum, a searchabale database, a web site guest book, and various other little things. All that over the course of about 3 months, and it landed me a good paying job codeing PHP . Think of something would be interested in creating and go at it. Its the only way to learn



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