Well I have been using VB for 3 years or more now...(can't even remember) I have run large and small sites with it. I can install any hack change just about any code I want to get what I want, but what I can't do is code this from scratch.
My current list of books on my shop list are:
Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL, Second Edition
High Performance MySQL
Advanced PHP Programming
Mastering HTML and XHTML ( as a ref for xhtml)
So fire away at this list.. good bad.. need to add or remove some books....