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Introducing PHP (2012)

with David Powers

Video: Welcome

Explains what PHP is and how it integrates with HTML; how to set up and configure a PHP development environment on both Windows and Mac OS X; and the features of the PHP language.
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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 44m 10s
    1. What is PHP and what do I need?
      6m 29s
    2. Installing XAMPP on Windows
      8m 3s
    3. Troubleshooting XAMPP
      3m 44s
    4. Installing MAMP on Mac OS X
      6m 2s
    5. Checking the PHP configuration
      8m 12s
    6. Changing configuration settings
      7m 40s
    7. Setting up a PHP site in Dreamweaver
      4m 0s
  3. 51m 2s
    1. PHP: The big picture
      3m 32s
    2. Naming variables
      3m 25s
    3. Displaying text and numbers
      9m 15s
    4. Comments and whitespace
      6m 37s
    5. Storing text as strings
      5m 44s
    6. Joining strings
      8m 28s
    7. Doing calculations with PHP
      5m 37s
    8. Storing multiple values in arrays
      8m 24s
  4. 31m 34s
    1. The truth according to PHP
      2m 58s
    2. Making decisions with conditions and comparisons
      7m 41s
    3. Using switch statements and the ternary operator
      5m 31s
    4. Using loops for repetitive actions
      9m 58s
    5. Looping through the contents of an array
      5m 26s
  5. 50m 40s
    1. Using the built-in functions of PHP
      8m 43s
    2. Understanding PHP documentation
      5m 1s
    3. Creating custom functions
      6m 2s
    4. Including external files
      9m 46s
    5. Passing values by reference to a function
      5m 54s
    6. Understanding PHP classes and objects
      5m 47s
    7. Deciphering error messages
      9m 27s
  6. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding the difference between POST and GET
      7m 37s
    2. Eliminating unwanted backslashes
      7m 8s
    3. How PHP sends email
      7m 38s
    4. Displaying error messages conditionally
      4m 51s
    5. Making sure required fields aren't blank
      9m 24s
    6. Preserving user input when a form is incomplete
      8m 4s
    7. Blocking suspect phrases
      9m 20s
    8. Adding headers and automating the reply address
      8m 50s
    9. Building the message body
      10m 41s
    10. Sending the email
      6m 1s
  7. 35m 15s
    1. Handling radio button groups
      6m 49s
    2. Handling single checkboxes
      5m 29s
    3. Handling checkbox groups
      8m 21s
    4. Handling select menus
      6m 27s
    5. Handling multiple-choice lists
      8m 9s

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Introducing PHP (2012)
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PHP is the most popular server-side language used to build dynamic websites, and though it is not especially difficult to use, non-programmers often find it intimidating. This workshop from author and trainer David Powers is designed to change that by teaching you PHP through a series of clear, focused, easy-to-follow lessons. After briefly explaining what PHP is and how it integrates with HTML, David guides you through the setup and configuration of a PHP development environment on both Windows and Mac OS X. He also introduces the features of the PHP language through a series of hands-on exercises before embarking on a larger project that involves building a script to validate and email user input from an online form. Through this project you'll come to understand the value of creating reusable code, the importance of PHP security, and how to deal with multiple-choice form fields.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a PHP development environment
  • Naming variables
  • Storing text as strings
  • Doing calculations with PHP
  • Using control structures and loops
  • Creating custom functions
  • Deciphering error messages
  • Emailing the contents of an online form
  • Dealing with multiple-choice form fields


(music playing) Hi, I'm David Powers. I've written more than a dozen books on web development in PHP, as well as offering numerous online tutorials. I've been building dynamic websites with PHP, the web''s most popular server-side technology, for more than 10 years and love it's power and ease of use. In this video workshop, you'll learn how to use PHP to process the contents of an online form and send it to your email inbox. You don't need prior experience of PHP or any other programming language.

I start off by showing you how to install and configure a PHP testing environment on you local computer, with seperate insturctions for Windows and MAC. All the software by the way, can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet. You'll then learn the basics of writing PHP scripts, storing values and variables, making decisions with conditional statements, using loops for repetitive tasks, and even creating your own functions. With that solid foundation under you belt, it's on to a practical project, processing user input from an online form and sending it by email.

The project not only brings together everything you've learned in the earlier lessons, but it also places emphasis on secure coding practices. The course covers a lot of ground. I hope you find it both useful and fun.

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