PHP Percolate!, our virtual self-study group for beginners, is returning for Season 6. If you would like to learn PHP and MySQL from the ground up, consider joining us. Tell your friends and co-workers to join in the fun.
The format of a virtual self-study group is as follows:
Each participant purchases the same textbook: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites (http://astore.amazon.com/boph-20). Each participant commits to read one chapter per week, complete the exercises and post links to your completed work. Each participant obtains assistance by posting questions to a discussion area set up on the Boston PHP Message Board (http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp/messages/boards/thread/36570412/) for each chapter. Each participant who completes the book is recognized on the Self-Study Group | Wall of Accomplishment (http://www.bostonphp.org/messages/boards/thread/21414292). Note: There is no classroom instruction. There are no webcasts. There are no scheduled appointments of any kind. Once you have the book, you simply proceed at a pace that best fits into your current work/life schedule. You have the option to meet informally at the beginning of each Boston PHP Meetup, if you live in the Boston area. You can even set up a real life self-study group with others in your neighborhood. You DO NOT need to live in the Boston area to participate.
How do I get started?
Become a member of Boston PHP, if are not already a member. Simply click: Join us! Register for PHP Percolate! Season 6. Simply RSVP: Yes Purchase a book (the only program cost). Simply visit the Boston PHP store (http://store.bostonphp.org) and order PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites in one of two formats. Full disclosure: Boston PHP Meetup receives a small commission on each sale which helps fund Meetup activities.
Q: How long will the course last?
A: We will cover 19 chapters in the book, so 19 weeks starting September 1, 2013 and ending Saturday, January 11, 2014. Refer to the PHP Percolate! Season 6 -- Master Discussion List (http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp/messages/boards/thread/36570412/) for specific dates.
Q: Why so long?
A: We will be learning not one, but two technologies -- PHP and MySQL -- and learning how these two technologies interact. This will be the longest -- and most comprehensive -- introduction to PHP and MySQL we have offered. We will be building three fully functional web applications -- Message Board, User Registration and E-Commerce.
Q: What is the skill level required to take this course?
A: Beginner / Intermediate. If you have already built several web applications, then you will likely already know most of the material covered in this course. On the other hand, if you have a basic understanding of programming and have even spent a little time working with PHP, then this course could be ideal to help you get to the next level. We will be covering much of the same material we covered in Season 4 (PHP for the Web) (http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp/events/75056442/), only at a faster pace in order to introduce MySQL and build three sample web applications.
Q: Is this course for me?
A: Completing this course will require discipline and a consistent effort each week for nearly five months. If you feel you are already "over committed" in your work and family life, then this offering might not be the best match for you at this time. On the other hand, if you have successfully completed at least one virtual self-study group with us, then you know the value of going through this process with others in a supportive, friendly environment.
Q: Do I have to wait until September 1 to begin?
A: No need to wait. In fact, you are encouraged to start early. The sooner you get ahead of the schedule, the more likely you will be to complete the entire course. Start early and proceed at a pace that best fits your current work/life situation.
Q: What if I have additional questions?
A: Simply post a reply below and you will receive a response. In addition, you are welcome to meet the book's author, Larry Ullman (http://www.northeastphp.org/speakers/view/41/Larry-Ullman), in person when you attend the Northeast PHP Conference (http://www.northeastphp.org/) in Cambridge, MA, August 16-18, 2013. Larry will be making three presentations at the conference and will eagerly autograph your copy of his book and answer any questions you might have.
Let's start percolating!