Dynamic Web Development with PHP

The Web today is an increasingly dynamic environment. PHP, in conjunction with the database MySQL, is the leading technology used to build millions of dynamic Web sites. In the Dynamic Web Development with PHP course, you’ll learn how to develop dynamic Web site features using PHP and MySQL. Working step-by-step, you’ll learn how to: set up and configure a Web site and development site for PHP development; design and build a MySQL database and write basic SQL queries; write basic PHP scripts to collect and process information from forms, troubleshoot and fix common PHP scripting errors; write scripts to store information in a database; and display dynamic information on multiple pages within a site.

The course provides a broad foundation in Web site development using PHP and MySQL. Course assignments focus on learning how to correctly write scripts and queries and building functional forms. By the end of the course, you’ll create an online catalogue that displays product information pulled from a database. Working with renowned PHP expert Janet Valade, you’ll build a foundation for developing online customer accounts, mailing lists, user polls, forums, shopping carts, and more.


HTML and CSS Essentials and/or Dreamweaver I


Online training supported by online instructors


A Student Guide is provided for this course. Evaluation is based solely on an Academy of Learning Career College final exam. Prior to taking the final exam, students must successfully complete all the components of the online course material. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.


Intro to PHP: Differences between static and dynamic sites and the benefits of using PHP and MySQL; Writing a basic PHP script; Configure your Web site and development site for PHP


Building and Using MySQL Databases: Accessing a MySQL database using a cPanel and phpMyAdmin; Exploring the basics of database design; Building and backing up a database


Collecting Information in a Form: Separating logic and display codes in PHP scripts; Naming, creating, assigning PHP variables; Organizing scripts; Interpreting and acting upon common PHP error messages


Processing Information from a Form: Writing scripts to process information submitted in a form, checking its format and redisplaying; Writing “if” statements; Comparing values, testing variable content, and pattern matching


Interacting with the Database: Setting up different levels of user accounts; Storing data using PHP scripts; Retrieving and displaying data


Working with Multiple Page Web Sites: Using PHP to move users to a new webpage using echoing links, forms, or HTTP header function; Adding information to the URL; Using cookies and pointers

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