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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.
(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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