Learn how to create an interactive online store complete with an online catalog of products, allowing customers to browse the catalog to select items, place them in a shopping cart, and complete an order. In this six-week online course, you will see how to create a commercial online store using the PHP programming language and the MySQL database server.
we will walk through the steps for developing a complete online store Web application. During the course, you will see step-by-step how to create all of the software and database objects used in the application. The application consists of two parts, an administrative Web application allowing a store manager to post new products, alter product information, and process customer orders, and a customer Web application allowing customers to browse the catalog of products, select products for purchase, and check out using a shopping cart. At the end of the course, you will be able to use these code templates to create your own online store application.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you are encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Review the Basics of PHP and MySQL
In todays fast-paced world, its almost crucial for every type of business to have an Internet presence. In this lesson, you will peek at behind-the-scenes components of a commercial-quality Web store application. you will see how to use the PHP programming language to create the Web store storefront page, complete with product catalog and customer ordering system. you will discover how Web stores use the popular MySQL database server to maintain the store inventory and track customer orders.
Lesson 02 - Advanced PHP Programming
Because of the complexity of creating a Web store, we will need to discuss some advanced topics in PHP programming. In this lesson, you will create functions in your PHP programming code that you can use every time you need to perform a specific feature in your applications. we will examine the PHP code required to manage and manipulate images within your Web site.
Lesson 03 - Advanced SQL Techniques
Complex Web applications often require complex database structures. Today, you will explore some of the advanced features that the MySQL database server offers. you will discover how to use the MySQL console to enter SQL commands, and build commands to create the application database objects. you will manually create a database, user account, and all of the tables required for the application. you will find out about some advanced features that you will be using, such as creating foreign table key constraints and table views.
Lesson 04 - Create Back-End Applications
Every Web store has an administrative interface, which allows the store manager to create and manage the product catalog, as well as process customer orders. In this lesson, you will dive into the Web store backend application, which allows the store manager to control the Web store environment. you will examine how to force the store manager to log into the backend system, and how to restrict the system so only the logged-in manager can perform specific functions. You can use this basic backend template to create your own Web store management interfaces for other Web applications.
Lesson 05 - Create New Categories and Products
The most important feature in the Web store backend application is the ability to create the product catalog. In todays lesson, you will learn how to incorporate images into your Web store application. you will discover how to use the MySQL Binary Large Object (BLOB) data type to store images within the MySQL database. And you will find out how to organize your product catalog by creating sections in the product catalog and assigning each product to a specific section.
Lesson 06 - Display Images
After having a store full of products, your store manager will need to know how to manipulate existing product information. In this lesson, you will build the backend Web pages required to allow the store manager to modify information in existing product database records.
Lesson 07 - Create a Storefront Web Application
In this lesson, we will turn our attention to the storefront application. The storefront lays out the basic format for the entire Web store, and gently guides customers to the correct location. you will see how to best organize and present your products in the store without overwhelming your customers with information while providing them with an easy path to obtaining the information they're looking for.
Lesson 08 - Create and Use a Shopping Cart
Once you have your customer in your Web store, you will want them to purchase something. In this lesson, you will discover how to create a shopping cart for your customers. you will learn how to allow customers to select products to place in their shopping carts, and how to display shopping cart information for them to view and modify.
Lesson 09 - Create a Checkout Web Page
After allowing customers to place products in their shopping carts, the next most important feature is to allow them to check out. you will create registration pages, to allow your customers to register as returning customers to make future checkout sessions easier. you will also find out how to take steps to ensure that the data your customers enter in the registration process is valid, and how to protect it from prying eyes.
Lesson 10 - Use MySQL Transactions
When a customer checks out and places an order, you must be able to process the data in your application. In this lesson, we will walk through the PHP programming and MySQL database techniques required to perform this function. we will also look at how to use database transactions to keep the information in your database tables synchronized so your data is accurate at all times.
Lesson 11 - Generate Reports
With the bulk of the Web store application finished, we will turn our attention to a few of the finer details that'll make your Web store more professional. First, you will learn advanced MySQL searching techniques to help your customers find just what they're looking for. Next, you will find out how to generate reports directly from your Web store database for your store manager. you will discover how to extract the data in your database and produce fancy spreadsheet reports that would make any manager envious.
Lesson 12 - Use Object-Oriented Programming Techniques
The PHP programming language allows you to incorporate object-oriented programming principles easily in your Web page code. In this lesson, we will walk through the basic principles of object-oriented programming and how to use it in a Web environment. you will learn how to incorporate the object-oriented database features in PHP in your Web applications. Finally, you will create your own object-oriented programming classes to interact with your database table that you can use in any application.
Subject Matter Expert
Richard Blum has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, working mainly as a network and systems administrator. During this time, he has worked with Microsoft, Novell, Unix, and Linux servers, and has created Web sites using a variety of different programming languages. Blum is the author of several programming and systems administration books, including Professional Assembly Language, C# Network Programming, PostgreSQL 8 for Windows, Sendmail for Linux, Postfix, and Network Performance Open Source Toolkit.
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