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I am looking for beginner books into PHP 5 (Maybe with a bit into MySQL?) and HTML 5. I started self-teaching myself PHP although it has become a problem as the tutorials online are either outdated or just crap. I also managed to start learning with very little HTML knowledge so I am looking to brush up on my HTML knowledge and get more into PHP.

I also am unsure weather I should be looking into XHTML or HTML5, or both so an answer to that would be splendid.

I just want to become more self-sufficient and less reliant on other for my programming needs.

I've searched Google for books but I'm just not sure which one is the "best" for me and makes for good practice and habits which brings me here.

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Thomas Powell - HTML & CSS: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2010).

(I haven't read the fifth edition yet, but if it's anywhere as good as the fourth, then it's a keeper.)

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Why? What's good about it? Please expand your answer. –  Walter Jun 3 '11 at 11:53

I found HTML5: Up and Running very helpful to get started on HTML-5.

The HTML5 book by Mark Pilgrim is a beginner to intermediate level book. The author explains in simple lucid language how the HTML specs were discussed, how they came to conclusion of tags etc., Starting from there he proceed to discuss HTML5 features,tags and other aspects and also its browser related discrepancies. Its a beginner level book for those who are already familiar with HTML4.

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Why? What's good about it? Providing a link is useful but not as useful as your experience. Please expand your answer. –  Walter Jun 3 '11 at 11:54
    
The HTML5 book by Mark Pilgrim is a beginner to intermediate level book. The author explains in simple lucid language how the HTML specs were discussed, how they came to conclusion of tags etc., Starting from there he proceed to discuss HTML5 features,tags and other aspects and also its browser related discrepancies. Its a beginner level book for those who are already familiar with HTML4. –  Abi Jun 10 '11 at 10:15
    
You should add this to your answer. –  Walter Jun 10 '11 at 11:17

What helped me to learn PHP and MySQL is the following book

Beginning PHP and MySQL: From Novice to Professional

You are better off focusing on HTML5 and the book I recommend here is

Head First HTML5 Programming: Building Web Apps with JavaScript

Hope this helps

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You can study HTML 5 as a beginner here html5_reference online, but as per as your question you want to purchase some books, i think it wil be beter to learn online bcause if we have make any confusion then we should ask anytime online in any forum and also its interesting to learn online, i also learn each and ever thing online and for better learn PHP5 go to this link php manual and also see adams tutorial

Prefer O,REILLY PHP COOKBOOK and to know the topics prefer Zend has posted a php study guide

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w3schools is a good beginner's reference, but that's all. I've never gotten wrong information from them, but I've often gotten incomplete information. So I'd be careful about relying on them too much. –  Mike Baranczak Jun 3 '11 at 4:15
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Also, the question was specifically about what books to get. –  Mike Baranczak Jun 3 '11 at 4:16
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-1 w3fools –  Yannis Rizos Jun 3 '11 at 7:03
    
I've been using online tutorials and books but I prefer reading out of a book as it's a bit easier for me. :) –  lardtard Jun 4 '11 at 5:35
    
@lardtard:) ans update –  Harsh Jun 9 '11 at 3:40

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