Q: Hi. I’m a PHP beginner and I need some help with PHP. Where is the best place to go and learn php and to find php help?
A: PHP is a great language for web programming and it would serve you well to learn it. My first suggestion for learning PHP is to sit down with a good php book. Your best bet is to go to Amazon.com and search for PHP introductory books or books for PHP beginners, and based on the reviews their and the publishers you like, get a book. For example, I’ve always liked Wrox books. As much as people don’t like sitting down with a book, I think it’s important to really sit down and learn the fundamentals first.
For more specific php help, your best bet (once you’ve tried to work it out on your own, of course) is to go to one of many php forums. I’ve always found the forums at DevShed.com to be very helpful. If you do a search of their php forums you will likely find an answer. Another good bet is to do a Google search for your specific problem or error.
Just remember, PHP is a very popular language, and while it can get frustrating at times like any other programming language, rest assured that you are probably not the only person to run into your specific problem — and an answer is out there!