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PHPitfalls: Five Beginner Mistakes to Avoid (06 Oct 2004)
Itís not only in programming that the uninitiated stumble, of course. Who didnít teeter into a ditch full of water when learning to ride a bike or accidentally hang up on someone in the office when trying to transfer a call for the first time? Thereís nothing wrong with making beginner mistakes if youíre a beginner, but we might as well try to head some mistakes off at the pass.

My perusal of various developer forums has helped me spot several trends in beginner mistakes, and Iíll address some of the most common problems Iíve run across while sifting through nearly incomprehensible forum postings in search of beginners in distress.
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