Lets all learn to use PHP and MySQL (wordpress runs on it!)

  • April 29, 2013 · 6:30 PM

PHP is an open source server-side scripting language designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It is one of the first developed server-side scripting languages to be embedded into an HTML source document rather than calling an external file to process data. The code is interpreted by a Web server with a PHP processor module which generates the resulting Web page. It has also evolved to include a command-line interface capability and can be used in standalone graphical applications.

PHP can be deployed on most Web servers and also as a standalone shell on almost every operating system and platform, free of charge. PHP is installed on more than 20 million Web sites and 1 million Web servers. Notable software that uses PHP includes Drupal, Joomla, MediaWiki, and WordPress.

Prerequisites: Some HTML and CSS. Javascript would be nice but can be learned along the way.

Materials: Your Own Laptop


Class dates are as scheduled:

Class 1 - April 29th - 6:30 - 8:30pm

Class 2 - May  6th - 6:30 - 8:30pm

Class 3 - May 13th - 6:30 - 8:30pm

Class 4 - May 20th - 6:30 - 8:30pm


Please note the refund policy: Your payment of $80 guarantees your seat in the entire course. If something changes after registration and you cannot attend the course, you must notify CWD at least 3 days before the first class to receive a refund. If you have to miss a class, we will provide code from class and any slides, but we do not offer partial refunds based on individual class absences.


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  • Emily B.

    here's the file Dubi wanted us to download: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/899392/week2stuff.zip

    May 13, 2013

  • Emily B.

    Notes/files from this week's class are up on this Google site. I added a lot more commentary on the exercises this time to fill in more step-by-step instructions and explanations, for anyone who was getting lost (I still need help with a couple of them, if someone has it all sorted out and can help figure out the gaps that would be great).

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Charissa T.

    Awesome, thanks Emily! All these notes and links are super helpful :)

    1 · May 7, 2013

    • Emily B.

      If anyone hasn't seen it yet and would find it helpful, I'm still updating my Google site with more links & notes & files here: https://sites.google.c...­

      May 7, 2013

    • Emily B.

      ...and if anyone wants to get all collaborative with this, just let me know what your gmail address/google account name is and I can give you editing rights on the notes site (it's very easy to use, no coding required).

      May 7, 2013

  • Emily B.

    May 6, 2013

  • Emily B.

    Bit of confusion tonight about the location... some of us are in the IMSA room (as per the signs) and the front door was locked when we came here...

    May 6, 2013

  • Emily B.

    I mentioned I find it helpful to share examples of code when I'm learning new concepts. I've put together a quick Google Site where we could do this together if anyone else is interested and put in my notes from last night: https://sites.google.com/site/phpmysqlnotes/class-1

    You'll need a Google Account of some sort to join, but just send me your account and I'll add you in.

    April 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Your site is terrific, Emily! I especially appreciate the link to Komodo Edit. I couldn't find their php tutorial, but going through their php_sample.php showed me how helpful this editor can be!

      May 1, 2013

    • Laura C.

      Yes, this is great. I was about to post a question about the link to the files Dubi had us download, and you had it posted right there!

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fyi all, link to WordCamp Chicago (June 28-30) is here if you want to check it out: http://2013.chicago.wordcamp.org

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you, Michelle! I put it on my calendar!

      April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this meetup mostly learning the syntax and functions of php or the ways php is used in the sites? Thanks ;)

    April 16, 2013

    • Melissa P.

      Mostly learning syntax and function

      April 29, 2013

  • Rachel W.

    I really hope this class is offered again because it sounds great!

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Emily B.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!

    2 · April 1, 2013

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