By David Powers | Wednesday, April 22, 2015
PHP powers more than four out of every five websites that use a server-side language—yet it has attracted a huge amount of criticism as being “badly designed.”
Certainly PHP has frustrating inconsistencies, but it owes its enduring popularity to the fact that it’s easy to learn and it lets you get the job done without needing a degree in computer science. I would also argue that PHP is constantly improving.
Here are five underused features that make PHP a really useful language.
By David Powers | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Building a static website is relatively easy. But to build a rich, interactive web experience today takes much more code behind the scenes than you may have expected.
And while becoming a web developer may seem daunting, there’s a lot you can do to learn the ropes quickly and efficiently.
Here’s advice on how to become a web developer. I specialize in PHP for back-end development, but these tips are relevant no matter which aspect you’re interested in.
By David Powers | Saturday, July 19, 2014
Sending the contents of an online form to an email address is one of the most useful applications of PHP. It’s not difficult; but it’s easy to make a mistake. In this article, I’ll show you how to avoid common pitfalls that arise when sending the contents of a form with PHP.
By David Powers | Tuesday, July 15, 2014
One piece of advice sticks in my mind from the days when I started learning PHP: “Just read the PHP online documentation. You don’t need anything else.” PHP’s online manual is excellent, and contains lots of practical examples. But it was like throwing me a Chinese dictionary and telling me it contained all I needed to learn the language. I had no idea where to start.
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