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Can anyone recommend where I can learn about php, it's capabilities, and how to program it?

Thanks in advance.

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php is seriously one of those languages you can learn best from the manual.

I would start reading the WebMonkey tutorial and then after that immediately jump into the php manual, reading through the standard functions, mySQL, file access, and stuff like that. Also, be sure to teach yourself how to write secure code, sanitize input, initialize variables, etc. as those are vital for web apps.

Graeme of WebMonkey teaches the basics of php/mySQL:

php documentation online, English:
Php is one of the best scripting language.
I am web developer and worked around 2 years in Php, jsp and java.
You can start Php from these simple tutorial.
Thanks ritesh26 - looks cool................

I`ll give it a try.....
Thank you for all of this helpful links. I will read some of them and test them out.
If you face problems setting up php and apache, this is a working guide. It really works.

I have not tested Apache Software Foundation (ASF) MSI installation applications lately, but the last time I tested the MSI FAILED to remove to some things that can cause problems later on during the Un-Install process. BEFORE you UN-INSTALL the MSI file, open a command prompt and navigate to the BIN folder of Apache. Now, uninstall the service:

httpd -k uninstall

Now that the service is removed, uninstall Apache and then ALL PHP entries (files [php5ts.dll and others depending on what each person has done in the past] that you copied from where ever to where ever - usually into the Windows\System32 folder).


Install the Microsoft VC++ Redistributable
The reason for this is because it is NOT included in the latest versions of Windows; and Steffen's builds are compiled using Microsoft Visual C++ 2005. The Redistributable can be downloaded at the link below:

Apache Setup
Download from

Note: you can substitue drive letters to what will work best for you or your situation. I advise however, that you DO NOT place PHP in the Apache root though.

Unzip this ZIP file in a new folder called something like C:\Apache2. Then, read the file named Read Me First !!.txt. It will tell you how to setup the service for Apache. If you want or need ApacheMonitor you can create shortcuts however you like. Before installing ANYTHING else, ensure Apache will start. Open a command prompt and navigate to the BIN folder of Apache:

1. At the prompt enter httpd
2. If there's anything seriuosly wrong Apache will not start - the cursor will drop down one line and blink (you should be able to use your browser and navigate to http://localhost and see "It Work!".
3. With focus on the Command Prompt window - Hold down CTRL hit the C key then release both - within a couple of seconds the prompt will be released (Apach will Stop).

After you validate that Apache starts, stop it before proceding.

PHP Setup

Note: you can substitue drive letters and folder names to what will work best for you or your situation. I advise however, that you DO NOT place PHP in the Apache root though.

If you are still with me, now download PHP 5.x from you want this file: (where x relates to the latest stable version number)

Extract the contents of this file and move the contents to where you intend to use PHP such as C:\PHP5.

NEXT, download the PHP handler: from

THEN, extract files and overwrite the php5apache2.dll in the PHP folder with Steffen's version - READ the 'ReadMe' file for possible changes.

Navigate to the PHP folder and edit the php.ini-recommended. FIND the extension_dir directive and change so that it properly locates the EXT folder:

extension_dir = "C:\php5\ext"

Save the file as php.ini.

THIS MUST BE ACCOMPLISHED (see note below): Add the folder that you put the PHP files into in the PATH ENVIRONMENT (System Properties | Advanced | Environment Variables | System variables | Path).


Variable name: Path
Variable value: C:\php5;%SystemRoot%\system32;.....

Note: DO NOT WORRY with coping files over to the Windows folders, the reason for this to begin with is because Windows folder is already in the Path. Since you have added the PHP folder to the Path you do not need to copy or move files to the Windows folder. This will make upgrading PHP simpler as well and allows you to keep PHP all together. To upgrade PHP in the future, all you need to do is overwrite the contents of the PHP folder with the new files/folders extracted from the contents of the new PHP versioned zip.

Finally, this should be the last step, edit the Apache CONF file (httpd.conf) with:

LoadModule php5_module "c:/php5/php5apache2.dll"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php-source .phps
# configure the path to php.ini
PHPIniDir "c:/php5"

Save the httpd.conf file, Start Apache.

If you receive no errors, and you want to run Apache as a Service then open a command prompt and navigate to the BIN folder of Apache. Now, install the service:

httpd -k install

That command will add Apache2 to the Services MSC.

If do not want Apache starting automatically at start-up/reboot:

2. Type in services.msc, hit Enter or click OK
3. Locate Apache2 service and double-click (or right-click for Properties)
4. Find the caption Startup type: (in the middle of the dialog box), use the pull-down and select Manual
5. Click OK
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