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, Joomla, and Drupal.
This course is an introduction to PHP meant for budding programmers. A familiarity with basic HTML and CSS is required.
What you'll learn:
• Basic programming concepts in PHP like variables, data types, and functions, if/then statements, arrays and loops.
• Basic concepts for building server-side web applications
• How to use a MySQL database to create a dynamic, database-driven website.
This class meets for two sessions, both included for the $90 price:
• Saturday, May 20th, 10am to 2pm
• Saturday, May 27th, 10am to 2pm
You must have taken our Intro to HTML and CSS class OR have equivalent knowledge of HTML and CSS. Review class materials (https://www.girldevelopit.com/materials/html-intro).
What to bring
Please bring a laptop* and charger to class. You may also wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil for taking notes.
You'll also need a modern browser and your favorite text editor installed.
* No laptop? We have a limited number of laptops we can loan to students during class. Please fill out our Laptop Request form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-HHF9IB2VlYVRivz5Zn7LwkjQAYkJLZsuW0YM4hh60U/viewform) to let us know you need to borrow one!
Volunteer as a Teacher Assistant
If you're already familiar with PHP and MySQL, you can earn free classes by participating as a Teaching Assistant. Every hour you spend volunteering as a TA earns you a free hour of class time! Get more details and sign up to be a TA at our Get Involved page (http://gdila.org/get-involved/).
If you can no longer attend the class you signed up and paid for, your payment will be donated to the local chapter scholarship fund. You can help another woman in need! If the class is cancelled or rescheduled, we'll offer refunds to anyone who registered and paid.
Our program and curriculum are geared toward adults over the age of 18; at this time we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.
If you have any accessibility issues we should know about, please email us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com. We want to make sure everyone can participate!
This workshop is sponsored and hosted by IndieDesk DTLA (https://www.indiedesk.com/).
About the teacher
Kim Joy Fox (http://kimjoyfox.com/) has created hundreds of websites over the last twelve years, working for clients like the television show Upcyclers, Hollywood Memorabilia, and the luxury Jamaican hotel Galina Breeze. She has a solid track record of making websites that are not only ambassadors for your brand, but that achieve tangible goals for your business.
Kim builds websites for a wide range of both B2C and B2B businesses including custom PHP applications and WordPress plugins. In addition to creating WordPress websites, Kim specializes in HTML5, PHP, mySQL, and jQuery. She also enjoys teaches programming classes with Girl Develop It, a collective designed to attract more women to careers in technology.
When not bending code to her will, Kim enjoys playing Tchaikovsky and Debussy on the piano, backpacking internationally to nearly 20 countries, and skydiving in Switzerland (okay, she’s only done this once).
Parking and Transportation
We highly recommend taking the Metro if you can! The 7th Street / Metro Center Station is just a block away on 7th St and Flower St.
If you’re driving, there are several paid parking lots nearby. We recommend Joe's Auto Parks at 746 South Hope Ave ($5 flat fee, 3 blocks away):
But see this parking map for more options:
As always, anyone is welcome to attend our classes and events - we are women-inclusive, not women-exclusive. All attendees are expected to abide by our Girl Develop It Code of Conduct (https://www.girldevelopit.com/code-of-conduct).