Fantastic course, Rich -- many thanks! Great teaching approach for those of us without a coding background, very non-threatening & encouraging.
I can't say enough good things about this course and the instructor. As a 42+ year veteran of the 'computer wars' I've had a lot of training - this was quite possibly the best ever. My web site is up and running and I already have plans to leverage this new knowledge both at work and for a little project I've had in mind for a business I run out of my home. Heartiest congratulations to everyone for such a great offering!
I have taken other ed2go courses, and this one is one of the best. The material was well-prepared, the assignments were relevant and did good job of strengthening the information taught in the lessons. Richard is very interactive in the discussion area, responds quickly and completely to questions, and is willing to research and answer questions outside of direct scope of the lesson. Very good teaching style, and an excellent instructor. I am looking forward to the Intermediate course.
I've taken several online courses and I would rate this course one of the best. The instructor was very knowledgeable and responsive. Thanks.
I was impressed right away with how our instructor wrote personal replies to our introductions in the discussion area. The written materials were excellent. The course was a good all-around start to setting up an easily-updated web site. I appreciated getting information that is not always included in a course like this -- in particular versioning information and database backups. I would definitely take another class from Rich and from Ed2Go. I've already recommended another class to a friend. Thanks.
Richard is an excellent, patient instructor. He took time in the discussion area to completely answer questions no matter how many times information had to be repeated. I would definitely consider taking any course that he teaches. I will be watching for a PHP Level 2 course and hope it won't take too long for it to be available!
The instructor was helpful and courteous, going out of his way to answer questions about the material that may not have been relevant to the class itself. I would definitely recommend others take this instructor's courses.
This is one of the best courses I have taken from ed2go. The course plan and the material covered helped me gain a good understanding of the subject. The assignments were very helpful. The teacher was good at communicating and answering questions.
When I enrolled in this course, I'd just received a refund from another school for a PHP course that fell sharply below my expectations in examples and hands-on application. I could hardly believe this course offered so much, but I'm now convinced I got everything the course said I would and more. This course was excellent in text, instruction, and hands-on applications!
Course Code: iph
These days, people expect the information on professional Web sites to change continually and to remain up to date—even up to the minute. In this lesson, you'll start learning how to produce dynamic Web pages that can do just that. You'll 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.
Examine some PHP statements that allow you to alter the content in your Web pages based on data values in your PHP programs. You'll 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. Then use the popular phpMyAdmin Web-based tool to create database objects.
Walk through the HTML and CSS code required to display the dynamic content that our PHP code will generate. Then dig into the nuts and bolts of dynamic Web programming as you use PHP code to retrieve data from MySQL tables and display it on the Recipe Center Web page. Now you’ll be able to control what appears on the Web page simply by changing data in the database!
Allowing visitors to post information dynamically is a great feature to add to your Web site. In this lesson you’ll 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. Then learn the basics of implementing a simple search engine in your dynamic Web application.
In this lesson you'll see two different ways to provide a printer-friendly way of displaying the dynamic content from the Recipe Center. Then learn 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.
Explore different methods of backing up and restoring data in the MySQL environment. Finally, you’ll 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.
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.
During the first lesson in the course, you will be walked through the process of installing WAMP5 software, which provides a full PHP and MySQL development environment. You can download WAMP5 for free from http://www.wampserver.com/en/.
You will also need Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (WAMP5 does not support either Windows 98 or Windows Me.)
Note: Macintosh users will not be able to use the WAMP5 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.