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Total PHP for developers  |    A 3 day   hands on   training course

Total PHP training course description

PHP provides for the creation of dynamic web sites. This hands on training course looks at programming with PHP with an emphasis of building dynamic websites. Forms, state management and database integration are all covered with practicals used throughout the course to reinforce theory sessions.

What will you learn
  • Create dynamic web sites using PHP.
  • Write PHP programs.
  • Debug PHP programs.
  • Examine existing code and determine its function.
Total PHP training course details

Total PHP training course contents

  • What is PHP?
  • PHP history, dynamic web pages, how PHP works, alternatives to PHP. Downloading and installing PHP. Installing MySQL, installing Apache, platform issues.

  • A first PHP web page
  • A basic PHP script, PHP page structure. PHP comments. Integrating PHP and HTML.

  • PHP forms
  • HTML forms, taking values from forms.

  • PHP and HTML
  • Page inputs, environment inputs. phpinfo(), other form elements, sticky fields, generalised code, tables, forms, form elements, style sheets, JavaScript.

  • Variables operators and expressions
  • Expressions, data types, assignments, scope, constants, HTTP environment variables, getting data from forms using variables.

  • Operators
  • Arithmetic, logical, relational, Boolean, others.

  • Control statements
  • Conditional: if, else, elseif, switch. Loops: while, do while, for, break, continue, exit.

  • Functions
  • Built in functions, declaration, arguments, scope, loading functions from other files, defaulting parameters, call by value/ name.

  • Arrays
  • Indexes, array initialisation, array manipulation, multi dimensional arrays, array functions.

  • String handling
  • What is a string, string functions, matching, extraction, replacement. String operations, cleansing, sprintf, formatting web pages, strops and others, splitting strings, REs.

  • PHP and databases
  • Database structure, Database APIs, MySQL, Creating tables, Editing tables, simple SQL queries using PHP, building HTML tables using SQL queries, SQL injection, security issues, error handling.

  • File I/O
  • Opening, reading, writing files. Permissions, ownership, locking, directories.

  • PHP, cookies and sessions
  • State, Cookie properties, setting cookies, retrieving cookies, expiring/deleting cookies. Sessions, session variables, session IDs.

  • PHP and email
  • Emailing from servers, attachments.

  • Objects
  • OOP, PHP classes, constructors, instances.

Learning path



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Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.