PHP for Beginners

  • October 24, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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PHP was one of the first and still is the most popular language on the web for building dynamic websites without having to compile code. As a server side language, PHP allows authors to retrieve data from any database, manipulate it and display it on the web, enabling users to interact with it. To date, PHP powers millions of websites including Facebook, Etsy and the most popular CMS applications, like Wordpress and Drupal. 

This course is an introduction to PHP and how it interacts with web servers. Students can expect a syntax and, server-side concepts, and an overview of MySQL.

This is a 4 week course. The fee of $90 covers all 4 weeks.

Week 1: Thrusday, October 24th, 7-9pm | Intro to PHP

Week 2: Thursday, November 7th, 7-9pm | Making Decisions with PHP

Week 3: Thursday, November 14th, 7-9pm | Creating Forms with PHP

Week 4: Thursday, November 21st, 7-9pm | Sending Email

Note: When you register, you MUST provide your first and last name for security at our hosts' location: Warby Parker.

About the teacher

I’m Leo Newball, Jr., a web developer, designer, and data geek on a mission to empower my clients to achieve their dreams through technology. 
I started building websites in 1995, when domain names cost just $35 and everyone’s favorite search engine was Yahoo!. 15 years later and couple executive staff jobs later, I now use my development, design, and data skills to create dynamic websites for a wide variety of clients in fields like film, tech and non-profit organizations. My current favorite platforms and languages are HTML 5, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, and MySQL.

Software Required For This Class

For this class, you will need the following items:

A text editor - popular and free ones are 
- TextWrangler (OSX - Free) 
- Sublime Text (OSX / Windows - Free to try) 
- Notepad++ (Windows - Free)

A web server environment (Choose One) 
- For Mac/OSX - MAMP (http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html
- For Windows - WAMP (http://www.wampserver.com/en/
- If either doesn't work, try XAAMP (http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html)

You can take a sneak peak at the material here: http://www.girldevelopit.com/materials. Look for the PHP core curriculum.

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  • Martha G.

    Looking forward to the next session of this class. Had to decide between PHP and Python..which was great (hard but great)...ready to do my PHP duty now.

    1 · November 13, 2013

    • Leo N.

      Awesome! We're working on a schedule for the next series of classes!

      November 13, 2013

  • Shen

    I hope this gets offered again in the new year, I really want to get a better handle on PHP.

    November 6, 2013

    • Leo N.

      There is hope that this will be offered again before the new year!

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait for this week's class. I finally understand variables / parameters / strings / functions after feeling like a jerk during a JS class.

    Thanks, Leo! :D

    November 3, 2013

  • Karin P.

    Learned a lot rather quickly and the material was rather useful and not as daunting as I had imagined. This was also due in part to our instructor, Leo.

    October 29, 2013

  • Christina B.

    Can't wait for the hard stuff. I'll be asking questions from thin air. :)

    October 25, 2013

    • Leo N.

      Ask away! The "hard stuff" won't be as hard when we get to them, I promise!

      October 25, 2013

    • Christina B.

      Hey Leo, did you get my email last night? WAMP is a non-responding nightmare.

      October 25, 2013

  • Aimai R.

    I so wanted to come to this! But my schedule would not allow it - please do it again!

    October 24, 2013

    • Leo N.

      I promise this class will happen again!

      October 25, 2013

  • Nicole F.

    so far sogood! Leo does a great job of taking the time to explain and go over things

    October 24, 2013

  • Hayley D.

    I am going to have to miss class tonight. Is there anyway that I can catch up after the fact? Sorry about this!

    October 24, 2013

    • Leo N.

      Hi Hayley, this makes me a bit sad - there is a two week break in-between tonights class and the next class, I'm thinking of something to help people catchup or keep going during the break.

      October 24, 2013

  • Dawn J.

    I'm completely new to coding in general not just PHP so I hope I can keep up! Very excited for class

    October 24, 2013

    • Leo N.

      I hope so as well! Feel free dying the class to ask any and all the questions you may have!

      October 24, 2013

  • Roxanne R.

    I'm excited to learn how to code. to reinvent myself. and to be free to do what will make me come alive.

    October 22, 2013

    • Leo N.

      It's awesome that you're excited about the class! I'm just as excited to be teaching you! I will say there has been a unicorn sighting or two in my class! Can't wait to see you tomorrow!

      October 23, 2013

  • Christina B.

    Yess! Finally I can attend one of your classes. Lets go! See you guys on Thursday. So excited ^.^

    October 19, 2013

    • Leo N.

      AWESOME! There's a happy dance going on here!

      1 · October 19, 2013

  • Bella

    Will this be an on-going series? I would love to take this class next year, Jan 2014 so will classes be available at that time?

    October 10, 2013

    • Leo N.

      The plan is to make this an ongoing series, however the schedule for that isn't set at the moment.

      October 10, 2013

  • Nicole F.

    I have very little HTML- do you think that it will be a good course for me to get into developing and learning code to build my skills?
    Thanks!

    October 4, 2013

    • Leo N.

      In the class, we're not going to go over HTML much, if anything we're going to be introducing new HTML tags and terminology.
      If you're able to understand the HTML structure of a website, what HTML tags and properties are, then you should be fine.
      If you want an introduction to programing, and how programing works, it could be a good class for you as well.

      October 4, 2013

  • Natasha Z.

    What level of prerequisites would you recommend for this course?

    September 30, 2013

    • Leo N.

      The class is really designed for people who have little to no background in programing. HTML knowledge is VERY helpful (you don't have to be an expert). CSS is irrelevant for this class.

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just registered. Looking forward to it!

    September 28, 2013

    • Leo N.

      I am as well, I can't wait to see you in class!

      September 30, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Yay! I'm so excited. I'm becoming such a Develop It Girl!!!

    September 28, 2013

    • Leo N.

      It's going to be fun to have you in class!

      September 30, 2013

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