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...?

PHP is a widely-used scripting language intended for use in web pages to create dynamic content.

PHP runs on a web server, which interprets the PHP scripts behind the scenes and sends the results to the client. The client may not even know that a script was used to produce the contents of the webpage that they are viewing.

Although PHP is considered to be a simple language, it comes with an extensive list of features that allow it to be used in thousands of different ways to enhance websites and web applications. These uses include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Solving Math Problems
  • Parsing Text
  • Formatting, Manipulating and Displaying Current Dates & Times
  • Handling Form Data
  • Sending & Receiving Cookies to store handy information on the user's computer
  • Collecting Information About Your Website's Visitors
  • Tools to Read From & Write Data to Databases
  • Creating/Modifying Images with PHP extensions like GD; or crreating SVG
  • Creating Shopping Carts
  • Interacting With a Secure 3rd Party to Pay For Online Merchandise

Requirement to run PHP are either one of the following two options: either a web host that supports PHP; or a web server and PHP installed on your own computer.

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