CakePHP is a leading PHP--based web app development framework. When asking a question on forums or chat rooms, many CakePHP beginners get little help from the experts. Simple questions can get a response like, "Well, just read the online manual and API." Unfortunately, the online manual is depreciated, and who wants to absorb a programming language or framework from an API? Beginning CakePHP will do the following: * Lead you from a basic setup of CakePHP to building a couple applications that will highlight CakePHP's functionality and capabilities without delving too deeply into the PHP language, but rather what the CakePHP framework can offer the developer. * Teach you to use CakePHP by incorporating advanced features into your web development projects. * Target beginners of CakePHP or web frameworks in general as well as experienced developers with limited exposure to CakePHP. A secondary audience may include developers undecided on adopting CakePHP or business managers trying to assess the value of incorporating CakePHP into their toolbox.