Start with the basic setup of CakePHP and progress to building some applications that will highlight CakePHP's functionality and capabilities. With Beginning CakePHP, you'll avoid delving too deeply into the PHP language and focus on everything the CakePHP framework can offer the developer.
No matter what language you are familiar with, this book will benefit you. Beginning with a rapid introduction to PHP's syntax and basic functionality, you will swiftly understand PHP. The book then steers you toward advanced issues, like PHP's role in database manipulation, sessions, and user interactivity.