Introduction to PHP Programming — A 5 day course

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A PHP course designed to enable web developers and others with limited programming experience to build dynamic database driven e-commerce web sites using the PHP programming language.

Since PHP is such a rich and task-specific language, the course covers the most important range of functions in depth, and equips delegates to understand the remaining less essential aspects.

The contents of this PHP course are identical to our three day in-house "PHP for Programmers" course, but the pacing is adjusted to suit the needs of public delegates and non-programmers.

PHP is Open Source and Cross Platform, running on Unix, Linux, MS Windows, Apple Mac, AS/400 and more, and is often used with an OS-CP database and web server such as MySql and Apache. Thus PHP will work on the operating system and hardware that currently suits your applications and organisation. PHP is a ''P'' in the LAMP stack. PHP 5 is the current version of PHP and is what the course teaches.

Differences with PHP 4 are explained for those who need to maintain legacy code. There is also a look forwards to the features expected in PHP 6. MySQL 5 is the primary database that is used, the course also covers Oracle and MS-SQL. Delegates should have few problems transferring their learned skills to interacting to other databases with PHP.

The last day of the course is taken producing a complete database driven application. An application skeleton is provided (and can be taken away) which makes for a quick start.

There are short reviews including: Apache configuration, SQL (SELECT, JOIN & WHERE). Delegates are shown how to: manage test and production sites (configuration, copying, avoiding confusion as to which is which). A complete sample solution is given to the delegates.

This is a hands-on practical workshop based around the development of fully working PHP website services. Strong emphasis is laid on practical examples for which a range of worked solutions are made available.

Suitable For

Web developers and web designers with a modest amount of programming experience.

Students will typically have used another simple or domain-specific language such as VBscript or Javascript.


A basic working knowledge of HTML is presumed.

Some conceptual knowledge of how web servers and web browsers (clients)interact using HTTP

A working knowledge of at least one scripting/programming language or evidence of strong capabilities in relevant areas of mathematical/logical reasoning

Publicly scheduled dates, locations, and prices

A schedule of dates for this subject is not currently available. Please call 0333 210 0140 or use our contact form to enquire about places and availability.


Introduction to PHP

Taking User Input from Forms via PHP

Variables and Expressions in PHP

PHP Operators

Conditional Tests and Events in PHP

PHP Flow Control

PHP Configuration

PHP Functions

Storing Data in Arrays using PHP

Handling Databases with PHP

String Manipulation in PHP

Sessions and Cookies in PHP

File and Directory Access Using PHP

Other I/O Issues in PHP

Object Orientation in PHP

PEAR, PECL and Smarty

Handling Email with PHP

Graphics in PHP

Putting it all together — outline

Putting it all together — database

Putting it all together — displaying data

Acting on items in a list

Create & edit data

Putting it all together — conclusion

References to interesting PHP resources on the web