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PHP & MySQL

Dynamic Websites & Databasing

PHP is the web’s most popular server-side scripting language. Huge sites like Yahoo, Wikipedia, Flickr, Digg, Vimeo, and more run on it as it is fast, free, stable, and feature-rich. PHP can help bring your website to life, changing it from a static HTML-only experience to a two-way interactive user experience. PHP is the backbone of many web related activities that we take for granted, such as handling form submissions, powering e-commerce transactions, and interacting with a database.

In addition many of the most popular CMS (Content Management Systems) such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla are written in PHP. Understanding this language will enable you to have a deeper understanding of these web tools making them easier to customize for your needs.

And what database is nearly always paired with PHP? MySQL. MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database. Your database can store customer information, product information, and much, much more. Together PHP and MySQL are available for free on nearly every host.

This class will introduce you to the basics of PHP and MySQL. We’ll start from the ground up, building a solid foundation of how PHP works, thus allowing you to tackle your own projects and applications. We’ll show you how to work with forms, sanitize user input for security, send emails, work with cookies to collect information on your users and upload files. You’ll interact with databases using SQL to fetch, insert, update, delete, and search records. You’ll learn how to use phpMyAdmin to create databases and tables, as well as data-typing and indexes.

This class assumes that you have a solid understanding of HTML, but you don’t need to have prior programming experience. Please note that to run a local server on each machine we use XAMPP (Free) for the PC and MAMP Pro ($59) for the Mac.

What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Basic PHP Syntax

Topics

  • Echo, Strings, and Variables
  • Single Quotes vs Double Quotes
  • Escaping Characters
  • Heredoc
  • Concatenation
  • Comments
Working with Numbers

Topics

  • Arithmetic Operators
  • Assignment Operators
  • Table of Arithmetic Operators
  • Table of Assignment Operators
  • Defining a Site and Testing Server in Dreamweaver
Conditionals

Topics

  • If/Else
  • Elseif
  • Switch
  • Comparison Operators
  • Logical Operators
  • The Difference Between == and ===

Upcoming Classes

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  • 18 hours of Hands-On Training
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • Mac or PC

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Section 2
Arrays

Topics

  • Creating a simple array
  • Using array()
  • Multidimensional Arrays
  • Printing an Entire Array Using print_r()
Loops

Topics

  • While Loops
  • Do...While
  • For loops
  • ForEach
  • Break Out of Loop
  • Continue
Working with Strings

Topics

  • Comparing Strings
  • Converting to Upper and Lower Case
  • Searching Through Strings
  • Case Sensitive and Case Insensitive
Section 3
Form Basics and Security

Topics

  • Post vs Get
  • Radios, Checkboxes, and Select Fields
  • Magic Quotes
  • Securing the page
  • Using Functions
Sending Email

Topics

  • Setting Up MAMP Pro
  • Setting Up XAMPP and Mercury Mail
  • Sending a Test Email
Simple Form Validation and Email

Topics

  • Sanitizing Input
  • Error Checking
  • Displaying Errors
  • Sending Email
  • Adding a Thank You Page
  • Including Files
Section 4
Cookies

Topics

  • Adding Cookies
  • Tracking the Number of Visits
  • Sending an Email with the Cookie Info
Sessions

Topics

  • Starting a Session
  • Using Session Variables
  • Log In/Log Out
  • Destroying Session Variables
File Uploads

Topics

  • Making a File Upload Form
  • The $_FILES Array
  • Uploading Files
  • Basic Security

Section 5
Creating a Database/MySQL/SELECT

Topics

  • Creating a New Database
  • Connecting to the Database
  • SQL Basics
  • The SELECT Statement
  • Display the Number of Rows Returned
  • Making a Reusable Connection Script
  • MySQL vs MySQLi vs PDO
Making a Reusable Connection Script

Topics

  • Error Checking
  • Making an Include
  • Sorting Results
Prepared Statements

Topics

  • Selecting and Filtering Results
  • Preventing SQL Injection Attacks with Prepared Statements
Section 6
SQL: Insert

Topics

  • Using phpMyAdmin
  • The INSERT Statement
  • Inserting Information from a Form
SQL: Update

Topics

  • The UPDATE Statement
  • Update Form
  • Display Data in the Update Form
  • Display Checkboxes
  • Hidden Fields
SQL: Delete

Topics

  • Deleting Rows from a Database
  • The DELETE Statement
  • Passing ID Variables in a URL
SQL: Search

Topics

  • Wildcard Searches
  • Searching with a Form