It is straight to the point and really gets at the meat of PHP right from the beginning. It is really nice and claims to teach you PHP in 17 hours which I think is accurate.
It comes with a nice manual that lets you copy and paste code samples which I found really helpful. Additionally, it comes with a bunch of videos that teaches you step by step how to program in PHP. Also, it comes with 5 complete scripts written entirely in PHP that are really amazing to see! The scripts cover everything from ad management to autoresponders. In fact, you may even find yourself tempted to use these scripts yourself on your website (and you can! It's part of the program). However, the scripts served as a good example of the kinds of projects you can do in PHP and showed full code put together in one project.
This truly was the best PHP resource I came across due to its simpleness, clarity and amount of material it teaches you packaged all together in one program. Also, the fact that it came with a manual as well as videos really was nice.
Ultimately, if you are looking to learn PHP fast, this is the resource I would recommend. It definitely helped me the most out of all the programs I used (and I used at a lot!)
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