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Learning PHP

  • December 12, 2003
  • By Elizabeth Fulghum
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PHP has become a popular scripting language for building dynamic web pages. Elizabeth Fulghum presents a series of tutorials to get you up and running with PHP. To learn PHP, simply start with the first tutorial and continue to those following:

  • Learning PHP: The What's and the Why's
    Tired of being limited by client-side Web development? Liz Fulghum begins a series of articles to teach you PHP. In this first article in the series, learn what PHP is and why you'd want to use it.

  • Learning PHP: Installing and Configuring
    Before you can begin programming with PHP, you must first install and configure it on your system. In this second article of the Learning PHP series, Liz Fulghum teaches you how.

  • Learning PHP: Storing Basic Information
    Basic information is stored using variables and data types. In this continuing tutorial, the focus is on teaching you the basic structure of PHP and how it handles variables and data types.

  • Using PHP Operators
    To effectively use a programming language you must perform operations. In Liz Fulghrm's continuing series on programming PHP, she presents coverage of this language's operators.

  • PHP Control Structures
    To build effective programs, you need control. In this installment on PHP development, you learn to use PHP's control structures.

  • Functions in PHP
    Copying the same code you need to every location you need it in is neither practical nor efficient. In the latest installment for learning PHP, you learn how to build functions as well as how to use the built-in functions provided.

  • Arrays in PHP
    Arrays are important to program development. Explore how to work with them in PHP.

  • Using PHP with Forms
    Once you know the basics of PHP's syntax and structure, it is fairly easy to make the leap to writing full-fledged scripts. Because working with forms is one the most common tasks in writing applications for the web, the first script you will learn to write will be a form processor.

  • Using PHP with Files
    The ability to work within the file system is the power to store and retrieve information from the server. Combined with forms, it's the basis for a range of applications like guestbooks, blogs, images galleries and more.

  • Uploading Files within a PHP Script
    Being able to accept uploads from your users is one of those surprisingly essential functions that re-occur in many Web applications.

  • Debugging PHP
    If you have ever written your own scripts in PHP or another programming language, you know the frustration that comes from debugging your work.

  • Building Database-Driven Applications with PHP and MySQL
    When it comes down to it, almost every dynamic Web application eventually boils down to accessing, manipulating, and presenting information. Combining your programming knowledge with database knowledge is a key to success.

  • PHP Coding Style and Organization
    Liz Fulghum continues her PHP series with a discussion of style, organization, and PEAR.

About the Author

Liz Fulghum currently lives in Annapolis, MD where she works as a web designer for a custom shirt retailer. Liz was convinced to try PHP as an alternative to Perl; she has been a fan ever since and frequently works as a freelance developer.






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