I got a book voucher for my birthday and want to get hold of some useful web development books. Now, I know that Sitepoint do some excellent books (I have the PHP/MySQL book and it is completely excellent!) but they're too pricey with the retailer I have a voucher for.
However, I could pick up two or three of the "Sams Teach Yourself..." books so I wondered if anyone had any feedback on these - are they any use? clear, well written? up-to-date? etc
Also, any suggestions on which volumes might be best for someone who is basically just a CSS/HTML novice and an absolute MySQL/PHP beginner (haven't got very far with Kevin Yanks book yet!!)