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7 Best PHP Books 2016 For PHP Developers and Beginners

PHP is undoubtedly one of the most used programming languages in the world.

According to the Tiobe programming language index, PHP stands strong at number 6. The rating is according to the number of lines of code written in that particular programming language.


PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor. For beginners, PHP is one of the best programming languages to learn. It is easy, and you can pick it up quickly.

Books offer a great way to learn about any programming language. The first advantage of using books is the fact that all the knowledge is well-structured, and it can easily be retraced easily in the future.

Best PHP books not only helps the beginners, but they are very useful for the pros as well. Today, I will go forward and list the best PHP books for learning purposes. These books can also be used as a companion for your programming purposes.

Without much ado, let’s get started with the best PHP books for 2016.

Top PHP books 2015-2016

1. Learning PHP, MySQL and JavaScript By Robin Nixon

The first book that we are going to discuss is the learning PHP book written by Robin Nixon. The book is primarily aimed at beginners, and if you are a PHP professional or veteran, you are safe to skip the book.

The book teaches you to create data-driven, interactive website with a focus on PHP. It also touches many aspects of MySQL, jQuery, CSS, PHP, and HTML5.

The book does go through a linear learning curve, and it would be great if you already know how computer and database works.

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2. PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition) by Welling and Thomas.

Welling and Thomas are well-known names in the PHP development arena. Their book, PHP and MySQL Web Development is an excellent book for the beginners and experienced people.

The book content is well-laid out. The learning is incremental, and you will be able to grasp complex concepts with the help of the code examples provided within the book.

The book also offers a good amount of code example, and the good news is that all of them works flawlessly.

It starts from the very beginning of PHP and improves it by teaching you MySQL, eCommerce, security, advanced PHP techniques. In the last section, it shows you to build practical PHP and MySQL projects.

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Note: Kindle edition has some issues of code copying. No 3rd party website hosts the cost, and you might need to type every single line of code to make it work.

3. MySQL CookBook: Solutions for Database Developers and Administrators by Paul DuBois

If you are a PHP developer, you already know the importance of MySQL. PHP-MySQL is a well-known entity in the open source world. If you want to be an excellent PHP developer, you need an equal grasp on MySQL.

The book starts with the very basics and lets you understand each little concept without deviating too much from the topic. Slowly, it builds on the tempo and offers complex concepts in an easy way.

It also goes on the security and server administration topic. Very useful for current web developers who need to micromanage this aspect as well.

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4. PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy by David Powers

If you think yourself as a PHP veteran or a regular user, then this book is for you. This book assumes you already know basics of PHP and provides advanced topic at a very basic level. The book topic structure is clean and impressive.

The book covers PHP topics such as the database, objects, hierarchies, etc. The book is also an excellent companion for already working PHP professionals.

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5. PHP Cookbook(3rd Edition) by Adam Trachtenberg and David

Cookbooks are great. They contain recipes which help developers to start quickly developing. Most of the recipes can be customized according to the requirements of the developers and the project.

PHP Cookbook(3rd edition) is one of those books that you cannot ignore as a PHP developer. The book covers tons of PHP techniques and code that will help you work with your project as fast as possible. It covers almost everything that is directly related to PHP — it can be basic data types, RESTful API etc.

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6. PHP Objects, Patterns, and Practice by Matt Zandstra, 4th Edition

Object Oriented paradigms are quite a big thing in the programming world. So, if you are looking for PHP object oriented book, this book is for you.

It also offers valuable information about design and also tries to evaluate design patterns. Moreover, it also covers the tools and practices that can make you an excellent developer.

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7. Building Web Apps with WordPress by Messenlehner and Coleman

WordPress is one of most used CMS of the 21st century. With over 25% of the websites running WordPress, it is essential for any PHP developer to learn WordPress. With this book, you can use WordPress more than just a blogging platform.

The book aims to use WordPress and enable you to create a web app with the power of PHP, JavaScript, and CSS.

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Which book to choose?

The final call depends on what’s your requirement. If you are a beginner, choose the beginner books, and if you are an experienced PHP programmer, you can easily choose cookbook or advanced PHP books.

Sadly, I am not able to list all the books on PHP. But, you can help me make a great list! Comment below and let us know the best PHP books. We will list those books in the article.

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