Wow... that about sums it up. I learned so much from Mr. Blum and the rest of the class... I don't know how he does it, but he has the best participation of any instruction I have had. Excellent course, excellent instructor... I'll be looking for more classes to take with him.
I didn't expect much, this being my first online course, but it was a great learning experience. I also felt that I was challenged the right way, in the sense that I was motivated to study hard through my incremental accomplishments. The pace of this class was good. I was very glad to have a skilled instructor in this field who answered our questions thoroughly and always lead us in the right direction. I was glad to be a part of his class.
As I mentioned in the discussion area, although I have been using PHP and MySQL for years, I learned tons of new stuff in this course, which will be very helpful. I hope that a future course will be added to provide further information.
Course Code: nph
You'll see how to use the PHP programming language to create the Web store storefront page, complete with product catalog and customer ordering system. You'll also discover how Web stores use the popular MySQL database server to maintain the store inventory and track customer orders. Then, you'll create functions in your PHP programming code that you can use every time you need to perform a specific feature in your applications.
Explore some of the advanced features that the MySQL database server offers. You'll discover how to use the MySQL console to enter SQL commands, and build commands to create the application database objects. You'll manually create a database, user account, and all of the tables required for the application. Then, you'll dive into the Web store backend application, which allows the store manager to control the Web store environment. You can use this basic backend template to create your own Web store management interfaces for other Web applications.
Learn how to incorporate images into your Web store application. You'll discover how to use the MySQL Binary Large Object (BLOB) data type to store images within the MySQL database, and how to organize your product catalog by creating sections in the product catalog and assigning each product to a specific section. Then, you'll build the backend Web pages required to allow the store manager to modify information in existing product database records.
Learn 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. Then, discover how to create a shopping cart for your customers.
You'll create registration pages, to allow your customers to register as returning customers to make future checkout sessions easier. You'll 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. Then, we'll walk through the PHP programming and MySQL database techniques required to process the customer order data in your application.
Learn advanced MySQL searching techniques to help your customers find just what they're looking for. Next, you'll find out how to generate reports directly from your Web store database for your store manager. Finally, we'll walk through the basic principles of object-oriented programming and how to use it in a Web environment.
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.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A PHP and MySQL development environment (the first lesson in the course walks through installing the Wampserver software, which provides a full PHP and MySQL development environment in one package. You download Wampserver for free from http://www.wampserver.com/en/)
Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista (Wampserver does not support either Windows 98 or Windows Me.)
Note: Macintosh users can't use the Wampserver software and must provide their own PHP and MySQL development environment. Prior HTML coding experience is helpful, but not required.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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’re 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.