[thelist] PHP Functions

Viggie Bala viggie at viggie.com
Wed Jan 7 23:56:07 CST 2009

On Wed, 2009-01-07 at 05:58 -0600, Jack Timmons wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 2:32 AM, Santilal Parbhu
> <santilal at scorpioneng.co.nz>wrote:
> > Part of the problem of being self taught is that you can read all the books
> > and web info, but often this is not enough to learn how different structure
> > can be used.  "The List" has helped me a lot to find out about different
> > ways to use different functions.  Thanks to you all again.
> >
> > Santilal
> >
> I have a feeling most people are self-taught PHP. I learned it by tearing
> apart already made PHP scripts (I started with Invision Power Boards and
> WordPress). In those cases, you can get a lot of good ideas in what you
> should be using.
> I also found these articles below, and they helped immensely. Also, I had
> semi-learned C/C++ on my own before, so that kinda helped. Take a look at
> those articles [1] for reference.

I agree with Jack Timmons.  Most of the experienced php developers are
self-taught.  Anyway I haven't seen or heard any formal php courses till
last year.

Having even a light exposure to programming (C/C++ or Java) will
definitely help.  If you entered PHP from web designing and HTML/CSS
route, the best way is to get simpler open source php applications & go
through the codes.  Refer to books/online manuals when you hit a bump
while following these codes.  Wordpress is advancing but is still
simpler to follow & learn from their codes.

I've been into PHP for the last 6-7 years but always learn/re-learn a
thing or two in PHP every now and then as I work.  Add to that the CSS
and Javascript/Ajax techniques, our learning process is endless and it
can only be self-taught and on demand.

best regards,

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