In Getting Good with PHP, Andrew Burgess will teach you everything you need to know about the basics of PHP. Even if you don’t have any programming experience under your belt, this easy-to-read guide will get you started with PHP in no time.
This book isn’t meant to be the super extreme, all-encompassing book which will make you become one with PHP. But if you know nothing at all about PHP and want to get comfy with it as quickly as possible, then I think this book is definitely for you. Although it won’t make you an expert, it will take you all the way to the advanced beginner state, getting you to a point where you’ll be comfortable writing PHP scripts for your own websites and ready to digest more advanced PHP topics.