New video PHP course for complete beginners

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:

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.


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3 Responses to New video PHP course for complete beginners

  1. Tonyo says:

    I came across your publications when I was searching the web for tutorials for newbies on Adobe Dreamweaver. I have found your articles/papers very helpful. I notice though that in almost every case, the top page with your picture on it, consistently loses several words on the right hand margin. With a few key words missing, it becomes quite a task to successfully decode the content. Would you kindly point me to where I may get the complete Page one of pretty much all the excellent articles both you and your able collaborators have written?or An example is your article:

    HTML5 and CSS3 in Dreamweaver CS5.5 – Part 1: Building the web page

    Many thanks.

  2. David Powers says:

    I’ve just checked that page on the Adobe site in Firefox on Windows 7. It displays just fine. There is nothing cut off on the right. What browser and operating system are you using?

  3. Sam V says:

    Hi David,
    I’d like to thank you for your lengthy and thoughtful response to my question/comment on the Adobe Dreamweaver tutorial site some months ago. I have ended up getting a couple of your books and have found you to be an excellent teacher! So – you have now also managed to sell me a subscription to Video2brain. I clicked on your link to their site and hope that they (V2B) recognize your amazing ability to teach and sell their subscriptions! I am going to take a stab at your php offering for newbies.