Learning PHP

PHP is the most popular server-side language used to build dynamic websites, and though it is not especially difficult to use, nonprogrammers often find it intimidating. This introductory workshop from David Powers is designed to change that by teaching you PHP through a series of clear, focused, easy-to-follow lessons. After briefly explaining what PHP is and how it integrates with HTML, David introduces the features of the language. He covers variables, conditional statements, calculations, loops, and functions, as well as server-side includes and error handing, in a series of hands-on exercises. He then moves to a larger project that involves building a script to validate and email user input from an online form. By following along, you'll come to understand the value of creating reusable code, the importance of PHP security, and how to deal with multiple-choice form fields.
Topics include:

  • Naming variables
  • Storing text as strings
  • Doing calculations with PHP
  • Using conditional statements to make decisions
  • Creating custom functions
  • Deciphering error messages
  • Emailing the contents of an online form
  • Dealing with multiple-choice form fields

Did you know...?

#1: Easy to Learn
Compared to other web languages that require a bit of study, PHP does not require one to spend a lot of time researching a manual. Thanks to the syntax being logical and command functions describing exactly what they do, one can easily get right to the part of creating and optimizing the application. To build applications which is fast, reliable and easy to understand . PHP offers a great sense of responsibility which can help to build web applications.

#2: Familiarity with syntax
If you have programming experience in both Perl and C, then learning PHP will be quite easy, as its syntax is based on these languages.

#3: Free of Cost
PHP is an open source web app development language. It’s completely free of cost. It doesn’t get better than that, now does it?

#4: Efficiency in Performance
Depending on how you code, PHP can turn out to be an efficient web language to use. In fact, PHP is known to be scalable when writing code as well as in creating applications and is very reliable when you need to serve several web pages.

#5:Lots of PHP Support
PHP has a complete set of libraries which can be used as per requirements and builds upto a large scale applications. If you get stuck or are getting started when using PHP, one of the best places you can find information about the language is Hypertext Preprocessor apart from also obtaining tips from PHP pros from numerous websites and forums that are available over the internet.



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