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Many successful programmers know more than just a computer language. They also know how to think about solving problems. They use "computational thinking": breaking a problem down into segments that lend themselves to technical solutions. Code Clinic is a series of six courses where lynda.com authors solve the same problems using different programming languages. Here, David Powers works with PHP.
Each month, David will introduce a new challenge and provide an overview of his solution in PHP, explaining how he broke the problem up into logical components, and revealing the difficulties he encountered. Challenges will include topics such as statistical analysis, searching directories for images, and accessing peripheral devices.
Visit other courses in the series to see how to solve the exact same challenge in languages like C#, C++, Java, Python, and Ruby. And check back every month for new challenges.
- Hello, and welcome to Code Clinic. My name is David Powers. Code Clinic is a monthly course where a unique problem is introduced to a collection of lynda.com authors. In response, each author creates a solution using their programming language of choice. Mine is PHP. You can learn several things from Code Clinic: different approaches to solving a problem, the pros and cons of different languages, and some tips and tricks to incorporate into your own coding practices. This month, we're working on a problem common to anyone building a website or a report.
Specifically, merging live data with static templates. Data is only useful when we can effectively communicate it to someone else. And to do that, we need to format in some sort of meaningful visual representation. Sometimes this takes the form of a printed report. Most likely, it means publishing data to a web page. In this problem, we have the preformatted HTML web page and two data files in CSV format.
Our job is to write code that will insert the data files into the web page and apply the proper formatting. We're going to use the files created by James Williamson in Chapter 9 of his Dreamweaver CC Essential Training course. James provides all the material we need for this challenge. If you'd like to attempt your own solution, use the files from James' course. Alternatively, you'll find all you need in the exercise files for this month's Code Clinic. In the next videos, I'll show you how I solved this challenge.
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