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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 for PHP. My name is David Powers. And, I'm really looking forward to showing you my solutions for the challenges proposed to the Code Clinic authors. In this monthly series, we'll explore creative and efficient ways to use PHP to solve a range of problems. I'll describe some of the unique aspects of working with PHP, and offer suggestions on how to improve your code. If your going to become a better programmer, it's important to look at different ways of solving the same problem.
You should be able to come away from each month with elements of reusable code that you can work into your own projects. Most months, I'll create custom PHP classes that should be useful in a variety of situations. If you search the lynda.com library for Code Clinic, you'll find additional courses by different authors, using other languages. Each Code Clinic author solves the exact same set of problems, so you can compare different solutions., as well as the pros and cons of each language.
If you're looking for tips on better coding, or trying to decide on your next new programming language, you're going to love Code Clinic. So, let's get started with Code Clinic for PHP.
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