Learning php&c++, what books to buy?

English_Fire 101 Feb 22, 2010 at 00:26

As you can see, i’m new to all of this and whatnot. I’ve been quietly observing this forum for a week or so now… and figured I’d actualy ask for some guidance on what books to buy to start teaching myself some basics.

Ok so,

What is a few good books to learn C++?
What is a few good books to learn php?

Note; I’ve tried to look for myself, there is just soo many books out there, it’s kind of difficult to make a decision on which to try. I’ve bought 2 already, and they tend to ramble for 200 pages about what php is, and it’s uses, but barley teach any of the actual coding to you.

Just so you know why I ask -

I want to learn php for personal uses, since I enjoy web development(at least what I’ve seen of it from highschool classes).

I want to learn some basics of C++, assuming I’m going to be using it when I go to college for programming.

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Nerd_Skywalker 101 Feb 22, 2010 at 10:30

I suggest just going to your neighborhood book store and seeing what choices they have, look through them, and choose what you think is the best.
If all else fails you can order a book online, but it is always better to see it before you get it.

alphadog 101 Feb 22, 2010 at 16:54

Why do you think this forum is any more accurate than Amazon reviews? :)

For C++, I’d recommend the following authors:
- Stephen Prata has one of the classic tomes
- Bruce Eckel’s books
- Herb Sutter
- Head First series, get the patterns and the design ones.

For PHP books, I don’t know. Never used it.

English_Fire 101 Feb 23, 2010 at 01:35

Idk, the point was to just ask you guys what you’ve personally used, isntead of reading hundreds of reviews of different books. =]

Oh and for php, I’m good now, I think I’ve found a good book. I started reading it yesterday night and I’m learning pretty fast from it.

kemronhits 101 Mar 03, 2010 at 06:05

I think “How to program C++” by Deitel is good for beginners. It’s a different approch to that which most other programming books that I have read have.
it only says relevent information.It shows you the techniques, rather than just presenting you with something and saying how to use it.
And for PHP The Complete Reference is perfect book.The book covers the very basics right from installing and configuring PHP.