I'm a software engineer by day and occasional hacker by night. I like Propel, Symfony, PHPUnit and Zend Framework, and have side interests in teaching programming, web crawling and P2P technology, as well as several other ideas. I am planning on winning the lottery so I can do the night stuff during the day.
I'm presently recommending Codecademy's PHP course for PHP beginners. It's online, interactive and requires no installation. I have no affiliation with this company.
I've written about how to ask questions on StackOverflow. I am an active voter here, and will often down-vote questions that have not been researched, feature unabashed direct requests for solutions, or if some substantial assistance has not been replied to.