Some of my favorite web related books

Here I listed some programming and web related books those I found important for knowledge/skills/career whatever you said. Some of the books I read completely and some books partially. But all of these books I found very helpful to increase knowledge.


php 5 and mysql Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL If you’re beginner and want to learn from the start then you should read this book. You’ll find lot of examples of php, mysql in this book.

PHP Cookbook If you like problem/solution based study then this is one of the best book for php. As its name said you can cook good web programming if you’ve this book. It contains over 250 recipes that will surely help you to cook.
PHP 5 Power Programming PHP 5 Power Programming When I was preparing myself for Zend Certification Exam some chapters of this book helps me much to understand details. So I like this book and recommend to read others.
Essential PHP Security If you really want to be a very good php programmer then you must be aware of web security. You may be a beginner or advance programmer but if you aren’t aware of web security and how to protect holes then you couldn’t be a good programmer. I found this book as one of the best books of php and must have book for web security specially for php issue. I’m a fan of the writer (Chris Shiflett) of this book, he describes so easily and nicely that I don’t find in other books those explain php security.
Advance PHP Programming Advance PHP Programming You’ll learn many technical details by reading this book. So this book is recommend for advance php programmers. If you want to scale your web application, want to learn how to make web application to load faster then you should read this book. You’ll also learn how to write good

PHP, soem specific techniques, performance tuning and language extension.


The Definitive Guide to MySQL 5 The Definitive Guide to MySQL 5 I want to refer this quote “For those with a need to know, and those with a desire to learn MySQL, this volume contains nearly everything you would want and expect, not only about MySQL itself but about the software that interacts with it or web servers.” — John Suda, Slashdot Contributor.
MySQL Certification Study Guide MySQL Certification Study Guide Some months ago I was thinking to sit for mysql developer certification exam. That time I read this book and learned many things. That’s why I recommend this book to read.
High Performance MySQL High Performance MySQL is usefull for both developers and DBA. There are many detailed description of some important topics like indexing, caching, advanced configuration, benchmarking, and investigating logs.


Foundation ActionScript for Flash 8 Foundation ActionScript for Flash 8 ActionScript knowledge is essential within the world of Flash design and development and I found this book is perfect to start. This book contains all you need to understand and make use of ActionScript.
ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming What to say about this book I think the name is enough to guess the concept of this book. If you want to make game using ActionScript then you should read this book.


Pro JavaScript Techniques Pro javascript techniques by john resig This is an excellent book for the modern web developer. All concepts are backed up by real-world examples and case studies, and John provides numerous reusable functions and classes to save you time in your development. I recommend this book to read.
Learning jQuery Learning JQuery jQuery is a powerful JavaScript library that can enhance your websites regardless of your background. If you want to learn how jQuery works and how jQuery could help you then this book is for you

I’ll update this page periodically when I will read and find interesting and helpful books.


mahmud ahsan

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  • Anonymous
    April 26, 2010 at 12:49 am

    You should really get the 2nd edition of High Performance MySQL. It is way better than the 1st edition.

  • kumaran
    May 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Hi mahmud ahsan,

    Sorry for the disturbance… I am having 4 years experience in PHP. I like learn some other languages which one is better for related to php. Please advice. I am awaiting for your reply. Thanks


  • mahmud ahsan
    mahmud ahsan
    May 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    @kumaran, i assume you also know javascript well. You can learn ActionScript 3.0 much similar to javascript. If you’re interested in iphone than learn Objective C.

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