Introduction to PHP and MySQL
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- Course Delivery: Virtual Classroom
- Language: English
Learn how to create an interactive Web site, allowing visitors to post and retrieve information provided by you or your sites visitors. In this six-week online course, you will see how to create dynamic Web pages using the PHP programming language and the MySQL database server.
During the course, you will walk through the development of a complete content management system Web application. you will receive clear, step-by-step, instructions demonstrating how to create a complete Web site capable of dynamically displaying data from a MySQL database.
you will discover how you can allow your sites visitors to add new information to an online database, search through posted data, and create meaningful printed reports. By the end of this course, you will have plenty of useful code templates that will help you create your very own dynamic, Web-based, content management system.
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 - What Is PHP?
These days, people expect the information on professional Web sites to change continually and to remain up to dateâeven up to the minute. In this lesson, you will start learning how to produce dynamic Web pages that can do just that. we will begin exploring the Web application we will be building throughout the courseâone that will result in a complete content management system that you can adapt for any future Web sites you create. you will see how the PHP programming language presents dynamic data, and how the MySQL database server stores it. we will also dive into the world of WAMP servers, the engine behind dynamic Web sites. Finally, you will take a big (but easy) step forward by downloading and installing a WAMP server on your own computer.
Lesson 02 - Basic PHP Programming
Discover how to incorporate PHP programming into your Web pages to dynamically produce content on your Web pages. you will see how to store data in variables, and use mathematical operators on data to write programs that can manipulate and display content on your Web pages.
Lesson 03 - More PHP Programming Features
A key aspect of dynamic Web applications is the ability to process data and make decisions based on the data. we will examine some PHP statements that allow you to alter the content in your Web pages based on data values in your PHP programs. you will also learn some techniques for simplifying the programming process by using loops to handle multiple data elements, as well as how to include common code files in all your Web pages.
Lesson 04 - Creating a MySQL Database
In this lesson we will use the popular phpMyAdmin Web-based tool to create database objects. we will first examine how data is organized in a database, then we will create the actual database and tables necessary for the course project data.
Lesson 05 - Creating a Dynamic Home Page
The core of the Recipe Center application is the Web page template. In this lesson we will walk through the HTML and CSS code required to display the dynamic content that our PHP code will generate.
Lesson 06 - Displaying Database Content Dynamically
In this lesson we dig into the nuts and bolts of dynamic Web programming. Weâll use PHP code to retrieve data from MySQL tables and display it on the Recipe Center Web page. Now you can control what appears on the Web page simply by changing data in the database.
Lesson 07 - Allowing Visitors to Enter Data
Allowing visitors to post information dynamically is a great feature to add to your Web site. In this lesson you will see how to create HTML forms for entering data, then work on how to retrieve the data and insert it into the MySQL table using PHP code. This will make your Web site even more attractive to visitors.
Lesson 08 - Implementing a Simple Search Engine
This lesson walks through the basics of implementing a simple search engine in your dynamic Web application. Providing the ability for visitors to quickly search and retrieve data stored in the database is a great feature to add to your site, and you will see how to do that with just a few extra lines of PHP code and some SQL magic.
Lesson 09 - Producing Attractive Printer-friendly Pages
Despite the efforts of Web programming, the world hasn't quite gone paperless yet. Because of that, you will need to provide a printer-friendly version of your Web application so visitors can print information. In this lesson you will see two different ways to provide a printer-friendly way of displaying the dynamic content from the Recipe Center.
Lesson 10 - Controlling User Access
Restricting access to data on a Web site is a vital feature for many Web administrators. This lesson shows how to use PHP to control access either to an entire Web site, or to just specific features on the Web site. This lets you control who can update data on your site, helping to block comment spam often posted in blog sites.
Lesson 11 - Backing up and Restoring MySQL Data Files
Being able to restore data in a database is a crucial function in any dynamic Web site. This lesson demonstrates different methods of backing up and restoring data in the MySQL environment. you will learn not only how recover data into an existing database, but also how to migrate data from one MySQL server to another.
Lesson 12 - Implementing Paging
All Web sites that provide access to lots of data implement some way to page through the data. In this lesson, we implement a paging algorithm that allows our site visitors to page through all of the data records in small chunks. This is one of those features you can add to help make your Web site look more professional.
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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