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Installing WampServer


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Video: Installing WampServer

In this movie, we're going to download and install the WampServer package. You'll remember that Wamp is an abbreviation. Which stands for Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. And together that's what we refer to as the stack that we'll be running, the stack of technology that we'll be using. And Windows of course, we already have. So what we're really downloading is the A, M, and the P. The Apache, MySQL, and PHP as part of the WampServer package. And you can download the installer for that package from the WampServer website, which is
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  1. 4m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 8s
  2. 15m 6s
    1. What is PHP?
      3m 52s
    2. The history of PHP
      2m 51s
    3. Why choose PHP?
      4m 10s
    4. Installation overview
      4m 13s
  3. 1h 3m
    1. Overview
      2m 33s
    2. Working with Apache Web Server
      6m 56s
    3. Changing the document root
      7m 24s
    4. Installing to Yosemite NEW
      8m 13s
    5. Enabling PHP
      6m 16s
    6. Upgrading PHP
      3m 30s
    7. Configuring PHP
      10m 3s
    8. Installing MySQL
      5m 46s
    9. Configuring MySQL
      7m 24s
    10. Text editor
      5m 1s
  4. 31m 25s
    1. Overview
      3m 27s
    2. Installing WampServer
      5m 46s
    3. Finding the document root
      2m 24s
    4. Configuring PHP
      8m 12s
    5. Configuring MySQL
      5m 45s
    6. Text editor
      5m 51s
  5. 19m 12s
    1. Embedding PHP code on a page
      6m 43s
    2. Outputting dynamic text
      5m 55s
    3. The operational trail
      2m 27s
    4. Inserting code comments
      4m 7s
  6. 1h 18m
    1. Variables
      7m 50s
    2. Strings
      4m 38s
    3. String functions
      8m 54s
    4. Numbers part one: Integers
      6m 27s
    5. Numbers part two: Floating points
      5m 25s
    6. Arrays
      10m 0s
    7. Associative arrays
      6m 37s
    8. Array functions
      6m 33s
    9. Booleans
      3m 50s
    10. NULL and empty
      5m 15s
    11. Type juggling and casting
      8m 27s
    12. Constants
      4m 43s
  7. 27m 37s
    1. If statements
      6m 0s
    2. Else and elseif statements
      4m 16s
    3. Logical operators
      7m 30s
    4. Switch statements
      9m 51s
  8. 42m 15s
    1. While loops
      8m 41s
    2. For loops
      5m 59s
    3. Foreach loops
      8m 16s
    4. Continue
      8m 28s
    5. Break
      4m 8s
    6. Understanding array pointers
      6m 43s
  9. 37m 25s
    1. Defining functions
      8m 25s
    2. Function arguments
      5m 32s
    3. Returning values from a function
      7m 33s
    4. Multiple return values
      4m 53s
    5. Scope and global variables
      6m 2s
    6. Setting default argument values
      5m 0s
  10. 20m 18s
    1. Common problems
      3m 47s
    2. Warnings and errors
      8m 36s
    3. Debugging and troubleshooting
      7m 55s
  11. 57m 57s
    1. Links and URLs
      5m 33s
    2. Using GET values
      5m 35s
    3. Encoding GET values
      8m 41s
    4. Encoding for HTML
      9m 26s
    5. Including and requiring files
      7m 40s
    6. Modifying headers
      6m 45s
    7. Page redirection
      6m 43s
    8. Output buffering
      7m 34s
  12. 1h 3m
    1. Building forms
      7m 28s
    2. Detecting form submissions
      5m 59s
    3. Single-page form processing
      7m 57s
    4. Validating form values
      10m 40s
    5. Problems with validation logic
      9m 54s
    6. Displaying validation errors
      7m 23s
    7. Custom validation functions
      6m 28s
    8. Single-page form with validations
      7m 25s
  13. 28m 5s
    1. Working with cookies
      2m 49s
    2. Setting cookie values
      5m 55s
    3. Reading cookie values
      6m 1s
    4. Unsetting cookie values
      4m 51s
    5. Working with sessions
      8m 29s
  14. 48m 39s
    1. MySQL introduction
      6m 43s
    2. Creating a database
      7m 41s
    3. Creating a database table
      7m 42s
    4. CRUD in MySQL
      5m 48s
    5. Populating a MySQL database
      7m 32s
    6. Relational database tables
      6m 40s
    7. Populating the relational table
      6m 33s
  15. 56m 4s
    1. Database APIs in PHP
      4m 51s
    2. Connecting to MySQL with PHP
      7m 45s
    3. Retrieving data from MySQL
      8m 47s
    4. Working with retrieved data
      6m 12s
    5. Creating records with PHP
      6m 58s
    6. Updating and deleting records with PHP
      9m 6s
    7. SQL injection
      3m 5s
    8. Escaping strings for MySQL
      6m 45s
    9. Introducing prepared statements
      2m 35s
  16. 35m 58s
    1. Blueprinting the application
      7m 19s
    2. Building the CMS database
      5m 14s
    3. Establishing your work area
      4m 38s
    4. Creating and styling the first page
      4m 22s
    5. Making page assets reusable
      6m 36s
    6. Connecting the application to the database
      7m 49s
  17. 32m 49s
    1. Adding pages to the navigation subjects
      5m 58s
    2. Refactoring the navigation
      6m 7s
    3. Selecting pages from the navigation
      6m 2s
    4. Highlighting the current page
      5m 26s
    5. Moving the navigation to a function
      9m 16s
  18. 1h 45m
    1. Finding a subject in the database
      9m 48s
    2. Refactoring the page selection
      10m 52s
    3. Creating a new subject form
      6m 55s
    4. Processing form values and adding subjects
      11m 20s
    5. Passing data in the session
      9m 16s
    6. Validating form values
      9m 40s
    7. Creating an edit subject form
      8m 30s
    8. Using single-page submission
      7m 44s
    9. Deleting a subject
      9m 44s
    10. Cleaning up
      10m 37s
    11. Assignment: Pages CRUD
      4m 30s
    12. Assignment results: Pages CRUD
      6m 10s
  19. 39m 26s
    1. The public appearance
      8m 52s
    2. Using a context for conditional code
      11m 37s
    3. Adding a default subject behavior
      6m 9s
    4. The public content area
      5m 51s
    5. Protecting page visibility
      6m 57s
  20. 1h 3m
    1. User authentication overview
      4m 3s
    2. Admin CRUD
      8m 41s
    3. Encrypting passwords
      7m 26s
    4. Salting passwords
      5m 42s
    5. Adding password encryption to CMS
      11m 54s
    6. New PHP password functions
      3m 13s
    7. Creating a login system
      11m 28s
    8. Checking for authorization
      5m 48s
    9. Creating a logout page
      5m 40s
  21. 2m 4s
    1. Next steps
      2m 4s

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14h 24m Beginner Jun 04, 2013 Updated May 20, 2015

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PHP is a popular, reliable programming language at the foundation of many smart, data-driven websites. This comprehensive course from Kevin Skoglund helps developers learn the basics of PHP (including variables, logical expressions, loops, and functions), understand how to connect PHP to a MySQL database, and gain experience developing a complete web application with site navigation, form validation, and a password-protected admin area. Kevin also covers the basic CRUD routines for updating a database, debugging techniques, and usable user interfaces. Along the way, he provides practical advice, offers examples of best practices, and demonstrates refactoring techniques to improve existing code.

Topics include:
  • What is PHP?
  • Installing and configuring PHP and MySQL
  • Exploring data types
  • Controlling code with logical expressions and loops
  • Using PHP's built-in functions
  • Writing custom functions
  • Building dynamic webpages
  • Working with forms and form data
  • Using cookies and sessions to store data
  • Connecting to MySQL with PHP
  • Creating and editing database records
  • Building a content management system
  • Adding user authentication
Kevin Skoglund

Installing WampServer

In this movie, we're going to download and install the WampServer package. You'll remember that Wamp is an abbreviation. Which stands for Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. And together that's what we refer to as the stack that we'll be running, the stack of technology that we'll be using. And Windows of course, we already have. So what we're really downloading is the A, M, and the P. The Apache, MySQL, and PHP as part of the WampServer package. And you can download the installer for that package from the WampServer website, which is

That final en is there for the English language version of the site. If you don't put that then by default you're on the French language version. So here I am in Firefox on And they may redesign this website from time to time, don't let that throw you. What we want to find are the download links, the download area. And right now, there's several different packages here that we can choose for downloading. That's referring to the architecture of your computer's processor. If you don't know which one you have, then you can go to your Control Panel and you can go to System and Security, and under System, it will tell you.

It says System Type and here it say 64 bit operating system x64 base processor. So my version of windows is 64 bit and my processor is 64 bits. So it's okay for me to choose 64 bit version which is actually a faster version. So you want to pick the one that's compatible for you. Now out of those I still have a few more choices. This on is PHP 5.3 that's an older version. This one's 5.4 that's the current version as I'm recording this. 5.5 is just about to come out. And then this one over here, it doesn't say it up here but it's PHP 5.4 still the difference is that it's a newer version of Apache. It's Apache 2.4 instead of Apache 2.2.

You won't notice a difference between the two versions of Apache, but as a general principle, always pick the latest version. The latest and greatest of all these parts and components. So that's what I'm going to pick here. Now once I click it, it comes up and asks me a few more things. And then I have a like that says you can download it directly and that will start the actual download. Now I'm not going to click that link because I've already downloaded it. It's here on my desktop. So you want to locate that in the place wherever your browser downloads it, and then you'll Double click on the installer to launch it. We'll get some security warnings that we have to accept, and then it comes up with the install wizard which shows us the versions it's going to install here. We click Next.

We need to read and accept the license agreement. And then it says where do you want to install WampServer 2? Now, unless you know you need it somewhere else, go ahead and let it just install it in the default, which is c://wamp. So that's the root of the C drive in the directory called Wamp. That's a good place for it. Now, here I can add some icons. I'm going to choose the quick launch icon. I'm not going to choose the create a desktop icon. And then it says, okay, are you okay with these? Are you ready to install? And we click Install. And it takes off. It starts installing all of the files that it needs. And then once it's done extracting all the files, it'll come up and say please choose your default browser.

This is the browser that WAMP will open up for you when you ask it to show you certain pages. So we want to tell it what our default choice is. By default, that'll be Explorer, that's what it offers down here, and instead, I'm going to switch it to Firefox, local host Program files, an then here's Firefox. I'll pick Firefox and click Open, and then we'll finish the installation. Firewall has blocked some features. So do we want to allow Apache to communicate to these other networks? Private networks, yes.

Public networks, no. Let's go ahead and just say private networks for now. We're going to be developing locally, so it's going to be okay. And let's say, allow access. And then for your server name, leave it as said as Local Host. That's what we call by default the local version of Apache that's running. Now, if you have an SMTP server and you'd like your local development to be able to send mail using the mail function, you would configure that here. We're not going to be using the mail function and I don't have an SMTP server set up. So, I'm just going to click next and leave the defaults in there for now. That's okay.

And then we're at the end. So, that's great. We're all done and I'm going to leave this box checked that, says launch WampServer 2 now and I'll click Finish and that's what it'll do. It'll launch it for us. We'll approve the security alert again. And now you'll notice that there's this little item down here in the corner, that's for the WAMP control menu. Now if you don't see it, it may be hiding under here. You can customize that and make sure that it shows all the time. Show icons in notifications, and now it will stay there all the time. And when I click on it, it gives me the WAMP server menu, the choices that WAMP server does.

Now if it's green, that means that it is successfully online. That it is working if it's orange it tried to go online and it failed. Something blocked it. If it's red that means turned off line and you need to start or stop the different services here. You can test to make sure that it is in fact working by going to local host. And that will open up the default browser that we just told Wamp about. And it will give us this information. If you see this page, then it means that it was able to connect to Apache and to bring up this default information.

And there's some other good links here. One of these is PHP info. If we click on that, we now know that PHP is working as well. So we know that Apache's working. And we know that PHP is working, because we're able to see all this information about PHP on the PHP info page. It's a good way to check and make sure if it's green, you can see Apache, and you can see PHP, then you know you're probably in good shape on the WAMP side.

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Q: This course was revised on 6/4/2013. What changed?
A: The old version of this course was 6 years old and it was time for a complete revision, using PHP 5.4. (The tutorials will work with any version of PHP and covers any differences you might encounter). The author has also added updated installation instructions for Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8. The topics and end project are the same, but the code is slightly different. It also addresses frequently asked questions from the previous version.
Q: This course was updated on 5/20/2015. What changed?
A: We added one movie called "Changing the document root in Yosemite," which helps the Mac installation run more smoothly.
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