PHP Programming
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This hands on PHP Programming course provides the knowledge necessary to design and develop dynamic, database-driven web pages using PHP version 5. PHP is a language written for the web, quick to learn, easy to deploy and provides substantial functionality required for ecommerce. This course introduces the PHP framework and syntax, and covers in depth the most important techniques used to build dynamic web sites. Students learn how to connect to any ODBCcompliant database, and perform hands on practice with a MySQL database to create database-driven HTML forms and reports. E-commerce skills including user authentication, data validation, dynamic data updates, and shopping cart implementation are covered in detail. Students also learn how to configure PHP and the Apache Web Server. Comprehensive lab exercises provide facilitated hands on practice crucial to developing competence and confidence with the new skills being learned.


Basic computer skills and knowledge of HTML fundamentals. Prior programming experience is helpful but not required.


*Course Cost listed does not include the cost of courseware or lunch, required in your registration. Please refer to your Enrollment Sales Order or Invoice for the additional cost. If you have any questions, please contact us ( or 207-775-0244). Course subject to minimum enrollment.


Overview Of PHP
Static vs. Dynamic Web Sites
Dynamic Content from Databases
Developing Dynamic Internet Applications
Client-Side Scripting vs. Server-Side
Overview of PHP Advantages and
Configuring PHP.INI

Conditional Constructs
True and False Expressions
If, Else and Elseif
Switch/Case Statement
The ? (Ternary) Operator

PHP Functions
Introduction to Functions
Declaring Functions
Passing Arguments to Functions
Local and Global Scope
Passing Arguments to Functions by Value

Basic Scripting and Looping Constructs
PHP Scripting Fundamentals
Print Statement
Code Blocks
Primitive Data Types
Defining Constants and Variables
Looping Constructs

Introduction to the Apache Web Server
Apache Configuration Files
Configuring Apache for PHP
WWW Sites within Apache
Apache Virtual Hosts
Website Properties

PHP Functions
Introduction to Functions
Declaring Functions
Passing Arguments to Functions
Local and Global Scope
Passing Arguments to Functions by Value
Returning Values from a Function
Using Include Files
The Require Statement
Dynamic Function Calls
Predefined PHP Functions

PHP Operators
Logical Operators
Relational Operators
Bitwise Operators
Other Operators

Arrays in PHP
What are Arrays?
Usage of Arrays in PHP
Array Indexing
Initializing Arrays
Operating on Arrays
Sorting Arrays
One-Dimensional Arrays
Multi-Dimensional Arrays
Associative Arrays
Array Functions
Forms and Arrays in Web Applications

Working with Databases and Forms
Configuring PHP For Database Support
PHP's Database APIs
MySQL vs. Access
MySQL vs. SQL Server
Database Drivers
Database Driver Class Wrappers
Simple SQL Queries via PHP
Tracking Visitors with Session IDs
Populating Forms
Retrieving Data from Forms

Working with Data Files in PHP
Searching File Contents With Regular
Changing and Editing File Contents
Splitting and Joining Information Inside
String Functions
Regular Expression Functions
Reading, Writing and Deleting Files
Handling File Permissions
File Locking
Reading Directory Contents
Creating and Deleting Directories

Enabling E-Commerce
Required Characteristics of an E-Commerce Site
Authentication and Authorization
Data Validation
Building a Custom Shopping Cart
Persisting Shopping Cart Data Over Multiple
Criteria for Evaluating Third Party Shopping Cart
Open Source vs. Commercial Shopping Cart
Order Processing via the Web
Implementing Order System Security using SSL
Using Mail Servers (SMTP and Sendmail) for
Configuring E-mail Output Parameters

Configuring and Using MySQL
MySQL as a Client/Server Solution
Introduction to MySQL Capabilities as a
Installing and Configuring MySQL
Connecting to MySQL
PHP Functions Specific to MySQL
Executing SQL Calls
Using PHP MyAdmin to configure MySQL

Using Cookies with PHP
Purpose of Cookies
Cookie Myths
Setting Cookies
Retrieving Cookies
Expiring Cookies
Deleting Cookies
Storing Arrays in Cookies

Miscellaneous PHP Tasks
Error Logging
Session Management & Maintaining State
Web Application Architecture
Using Environment Variables
Changing Execution by Redirecting to
Embedding JavaScript within PHP
Using the HTTP Protocols to Pass Data
Showing Different Content to Different
Getting IP Addresses from Visitors