I’m delighted to announce that my new video course, Introducing PHP, has just been published by video2brain. The course contains nearly 5 hours of video instruction, starting with the installation of a PHP testing environment on your local computer, with separate instructions for Windows and Mac users. You’ll then learn all the basics of PHP syntax:
- Using variables
- Working with strings (text), numbers, and arrays
- Making decisions with conditions and comparisons
- Using built-in functions and creating your own custom functions
- Including external files
- Deciphering PHP’s often cryptic error messages
Finally, all that knowledge is put to practical use by building a script to gather user input from an online form and send it by email. The content of the course covers similar ground to the first five chapters of my book PHP Solutions, 2nd Edition, and is aimed at people who prefer learning by watching and doing rather than from the pages of a book.
The course costs $39.99 on its own, but is free to video2brain subscribers. Subscription plans start at $14.99 a month ($149 a year), but until the end of March 2012, you can get a discount by following this link. If you’d like to try before you buy, there are four free videos from the course:
- Setting Up a PHP Site in Dreamweaver
- PHP, the big picture
- Using Loops for Repetitive Actions
- How PHP Sends Email
Although one of the videos shows how to set up a PHP site in Dreamweaver, you do not need Dreamweaver to follow the course. It’s completely software-neutral and contains advice on choosing a suitable script editor, with suggestions for both free and paid-for programs.