Developing Web Applications with PHP &MySQL

Duration: 5Days


PHP is a widely used programming language which works on the principal of server side scripting to produce dynamic Web pages. It can be easily integrated with HTML and SQL to produce these dynamic web pages, and is often used to process the contents of a Web page form as it is more secure and reliable than JavaScript. You will learn how PHP can be combined with MySQL to create a very powerful online database engine. This PHP programming course will be of great interest to IT and Web development professionals who would like to learn more about using PHP and MySQL to integrate database functions into Websites, and to learners who would like to learn more about the functionality of PHP and MySQL.
The three days, practical, exercise-driven course will cover the fundamentals of using MySQL and PHP and will provide a firm grounding in each technology and explore how they allow you to build sophisticated, bespoke web applications.


• Fundamentals Programming Skills

Course Outline


  • Why use PHP and MySQL?
  • The PHP programming environment
  • Overview of SQL


Setting Up a Test Server


  • Decisions about a testing environment
  • Installing Apache, PHP and MySQL on your computer
  • Testing on a remote Server
  • Deciding on Development tools
  • Using PHPMyAdmin


Overview of PHP


  • Setting up a PHP page
  • The phpinfo() function
  • Learning basic syntax
  • Echoing HTML output to the browser
  • The importance of comments
  • Using single and double quotes


Variables in PHP


  • Using loose typed variables
  • Assigning variables
  • Overview of numeric, string and other types
  • Assigning a variable to itself


Logical Operators


  • Arithmetic operators
  • Logical operators
  • Comparisons
  • Operator precedence


Numbers in PHP


  • Making calculations
  • Using built-in numeric functions
  • Incrementing and decrementing


Strings in PHP


  • Concatenating strings
  • Trimming strings
  • Removing slashes and other harmful characters
  • String functions


Control structures in PHP


  • The If statement
  • FOR loops
  • While loops
  • The Switch


Transferring information between PHP pages


  • GET and POST
  • Different form field types
  • Self-referencing forms
  • Form handlers


Database fundamentals


  • Structuring a database
  • Using tables
  • Table relationships
  • Common data types


Creating a database


  • Using PHPmyAdmin
  • Adding a table
  • Populating a table with types and data
  • Browsing a table with SQL


Getting PHP to connect to MySQL


  • PHP5 and MySQL5 security features
  • Using mysqli_connect()
  • Testing a connnection
  • Mysqli and prepared statements
  • Using a positional placeholder
  • Writing a sample error trap


Querying MySQL using PHP


  • Writing SQL queries
  • Using Select, Insert, Update and Delete
  • Querying MySQL and returning results
  • Interpreting the returned array


Building a Web Application


  • Manipulating dynamic pages:
    • Add entries
    • Modify entries
    • List entries
    • Filter entries
    • PHP and XML


Security features

  • Validating entries