Harry Feucks, of php patterns fame has put together a really good guide to getting started with php. Instead of trying to do it all himself, he’s helpfully collected the most useful links available and gives advice on how to use them.
In this chapter, you’ll find out where to get help-a defence against those that bark “Read the manual!” at you-and how to deal with errors in your code. We’ll also discuss some general tips for keeping your code portable, and provide other essential roughage for your PHP diet. Not everything here fits under the heading of “basic” there may also be a few surprises in store for the more experienced PHP developers, so keep your eyes peeled!