In this course, you’ll explore the basic structure of a web application, and how a web browser interacts with a web server. You’ll be introduced to the request/response cycle, including GET/POST/Redirect. You’ll also gain an introductory understanding of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), as well as the basic syntax and data structures of the PHP language, variables, logic, iteration, arrays, error handling, and superglobal variables, among other elements. An introduction to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) will allow you to style markup for webpages. Lastly, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to install and use an integrated PHP/MySQL environment like XAMPP or MAMP.
Introduction to Dynamic Web Content
We look at the basic structure of a web application and how a web browser interacts with a web server. We explore the Request-Response Cycle that is the basis of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
HyperText Markup Language (HTML)
We briefly cover the basics of the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) that is the markup for web pages. We hope that you already have some expertise in HTML and that this is mostly review.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
We briefly cover the basics of cascading Style Sheets (CSS) that allow us to style the markup for web pages.
Installing PHP and SQL
Our first technical task is to work through the installation steps including installing a text editor, installing MAMP or XAMPP (or equivalent), creating a MySql Database, and writing a PHP program.
Introduction to PHP
We begin learning PHP.
We look at unique aspects of arrays in the PHP language.
We look at unique aspects of functions in PHP.
PHP and HTML Forms
We look at how HTML forms are created and processed in the PHP language.