Linux for PHP Developers

Set yourself up for PHP programming in Linux—the fast, powerful, and free development environment that can be virtualized on almost any machine, including Mac and Windows computers. Explore various Linux distributions and the LAMP stack: the most ubiquitous web server solution on the Internet. Begin by downloading Linux, installing the operating system, and then configuring each additional stack element: Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Instructor Jon Peck describes how the LAMP components work together to support and network your web applications. You'll also learn how to manage Linux from the command line, optimize your system's performance for virtualization, and troubleshoot common installation and configuration issues. Plus, install some of the top PHP tools and frameworks, including Composer, Symfony, and Laravel.

Note: The demonstrations use the Ubuntu distribution of Linux, but the skills are applicable to other Linux distributions.
Topics include:

  • What is Linux and why should you use it?
  • Choosing a Linux distribution
  • Creating a virtual machine (VM)
  • Managing Linux from the command line
  • Configuring a Linux server
  • Managing Apache sites and modules
  • Configuring the MySQL database
  • Configuring PHP for development
  • Debugging PHP code in Linux
  • Installing PHP tools such as Composer and CodeIgniter
  • Managing VMs with VirtualBox
  • Troubleshooting LAMP

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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