I’m delighted to announce that lynda.com has just published two new PHP courses that I created recently. The first one, PHP for Web Designers, serves as a gentle introduction to PHP, and is aimed primarily at web designers who have little or no previous experience of programming. It’s a mixture of simple exercises that demonstrate basic techniques, combined with practical examples of incorporating those techniques into an existing website. Among the topics covered are:
- Moving common page elements to external files using server-side includes
- Displaying different text and images depending on the month or season
- Gathering and processing user input from an online form
- Displaying the results from a database query
- Creating a page to display product information drawn from a database
The final chapter is devoted to dealing with common PHP error messages. Each video in the chapter deals with a different error message or problem, explaining what the message means, and how to fix it. The following video explains what to do when you get a completely blank page.
The other course is Up and Running with phpMyAdmin, which teaches you in two-and-a-half hours probably all you need to know about administering MySQL through phpMyAdmin’s web-based interface.
PHP for Web Designers is longer (5 hours 26 minutes), but each video is devoted to a single topic, allowing you dip in and out as you please. It’s been released just in time for the Christmas/New Year break. So, if you’ve been putting off learning PHP, now’s your chance. If you don’t have a subscription, why not get 7 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com, and try out my courses?