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Intermediate PHP and MySQL

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'll see how to create a commercial online store using the PHP programming language and the MySQL database server.

We'll walk through the steps for developing a complete online store Web application. During the course, you'll 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'll be able to use these code templates to create your own online store application.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting January 16 | February 13

Intermediate PHP and MySQL

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Course Code: nph

What You Will Learn
  • Learn advanced PHP programming
  • Explore advance features of the MySQL database server
  • Learn to create back-end applications for a web store
  • Learn to create a storefront web application
  • Create and use a shopping cart
  • Understand how to use MySQL transactions
  • Find out how to generate reports directly from your Web store database
  • Learn how to incorporate the object-oriented database features in PHP in your Web applications
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain confidence in your ability to create an interactive online store
  • Walk away with code templates to create your own online store application
  • Learn more advanced coding techniques with PHP and MySQL that will open the door to new opportunities

Outline

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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Instructors & Support

Richard Blum

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.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course. Prior HTML coding experience is helpful, but not required.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Macintosh users can't use the Wampserver software and must provide their own PHP and MySQL development environment.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • 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 here.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course 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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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