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In this movie, we're going to make sure that you have a good text editor installed. This is what we'll use to write our PHP code. Now if you've coded before, you may already have a favorite text editor. And if so, that's great. You can feel free to use any text editor that you want. The only requirement is that any application you use should generate only text at the end. That's what a text editor does. It's very different from a word processor, something like Microsoft Word. Word would make a terrible choice for a text editor. And that's because it's built to serve a different purpose, which is to format the text in a document.

Text editor

In this movie, we're going to make sure that you have a good text editor installed. This is what we'll use to write our PHP code. Now if you've coded before, you may already have a favorite text editor. And if so, that's great. You can feel free to use any text editor that you want. The only requirement is that any application you use should generate only text at the end. That's what a text editor does. It's very different from a word processor, something like Microsoft Word. Word would make a terrible choice for a text editor. And that's because it's built to serve a different purpose, which is to format the text in a document.

So, Word documents are not just text, they include lots of formatting information as well. Like what font you're using, or where your margins are set, and we don't want all that formatting information. We just want the code, the PHP instructions that Apache will interpret to return web pages. In addition, text editors or code editors, as they're sometimes called, often include lots of other nice features that allow us to code faster and to make less mistakes. So, let's take a look at some of the key features to watch for. The features that I'd list as being essential features are code coloring, or syntax highlighting. That is, so that different parts of the PHP language will be colored in different ways.

It helps you to quickly be able to read your code, and identify different parts of it. To see what's a function, to see what's a variable. And you'll be able to read your code a lot faster. The ability to navigate a whole project at one time so that you're not constantly opening files and closing files again. But that you can open them all up and quickly switch between them. A really good search and replace is a pretty essential feature, especially if you can search across the entire project. So that you can look for all occurrences where you've used a certain function. It can be really useful. And then auto-pairing of brackets, parentheses and quotes. The idea here is that it's really easy when you're coding to type an opening parentheses.

And then, to forget to type the closing parentheses that you need on the other side. And your code will break if you don't have both. So, a lot of these text editors will auto-pair them. As soon as you type the opening parentheses, it automatically adds the closing parentheses right after it. And you keep typing right between those parentheses, but both the beginning and the end are both right there. A lot of times, once you roll over a parentheses or a bracket or something. It'll highlight the matching one on the other side so that you can quickly identify the pairs. Now, what I'd say are preferred features would be auto-indent, so that when you go down to the next line in your code.

It automatically puts your cursor indented to the place where it ought to be. Instead of having to hit Tab a few times, code completion can be a nice feature. The ability to start typing a function name. And then, hit some kind of a hot key to get it to finish completing the rest of that name for you, so you don't have to type it all out. And then, customize document and code coloring themes. The ability to not just be stuck working with black text on a white background, but to be able to change it up. And to work with some colors that suit your eyes better. And to even code your PHP how you like it. So, if you want your function names to appear in blue, they can be blue.

If you want them to be green, you can change them to be green. Now, the text editor that we're going to be using is going to be a very popular one called Notepad++. And you can find that at notepad-plus-plus.org. Notice that it's .org at the end. If you go to .com, you won't get there. And one of the great things about Notepad++ is, it includes lots of great text editor features. And it's completely free. That's one of the reasons it's become so popular, because it's absolutely free to use. It has everything that you're going to need. Now, there are a lot of other text editors and IDE's out there.

IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment. And so, I want to mention these to you because you might want to look into them. And see if some of these suit your purposes even better than the default one that I'm giving you. And Sublime Text 2 is extremely popular. E Text Editor is meant to be a similar version to Text Mate, but on the Windows side. Sort of a Windows companion to Text Mate, but it's kind of disappeared recently. So, it might be a little bit hard to find online, I don't recommend it as default we are going to go with Notepad instead. And then Eclipse Netbeans and Komodo are all popular IDEs that people use for a lot of languages.

Not just PHP. Or for working with Java C++ and things like that, too. So, let's download and install Notepad++. So, you want to start by going to Notepad-plus-plus.org. And once you're here, you'll see that there's a link here for download. And that will take us to the download page. Now, this is the download link that will download the latest version for you. Over here, this is an ad, and you may have several of them over here. Ignore all of these download links there. The one that you want is the one that's right here actually in the website. So, we'll click Download here and it will say, alright you want to save it or do you download it.

So you say Yes, I've already done that so I'm not going to do that step again. Once you download it, then you'll have this installer and we'll just double-click it. We'll give it permission to do things it needs to do. Select our language and here's our Wizard, click Next, we'll agree to the license agreement. Where do we want to install it, we'll let it install in the default location. Now, check the components that you want to install. I'm going to go ahead and select the default set here. I'm not going to make any changes to that. And then, it offers a couple of other options here. We don't need to worry about most of them.

Create shortcut on the desktop though is going to be a good one because that will give us a good way to get to the program in the end. And then we'll click Install. It just takes a quick second while it installs the files. Now it's done. And then Run Notepad is the option at the end. So, I'll leave that checked. I'll click Finish. It'll actually launch the program for us. Gives us a change log of what's different about it. So, you can surf around and explore and see the different options that are here. But it has the basic file options up at the top. We have the ability to search, we have the ability to set different languages. So we have, for example, PHP that we can set as a language for our file. And then, it will use code coloring on the file as PHP. And it should pick up that from the .php ending of the file name. And that's it.

We now have Notepad++ installed and ready to use as our text editor.

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PHP with MySQL Essential Training

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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. 54m 53s
    1. Overview
      2m 33s
    2. Working with Apache Web Server
      6m 56s
    3. Changing the document root
      7m 24s
    4. Enabling PHP
      6m 16s
    5. Upgrading PHP
      3m 30s
    6. Configuring PHP
      10m 3s
    7. Installing MySQL
      5m 46s
    8. Configuring MySQL
      7m 24s
    9. 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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