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Introduction to Modern Programming with PHP

An introduction to modern web programming techniques with PHP, Postgresql, Composer, and Vagrant
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Created by Trevor Sawler
Last updated 12/2015
English
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  • 16 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
Understand how to program in PHP 5.6 using Object Oriented principles
Use Composer to manage our PHP packages
Use Vagrant to build and maintain a virtual server on our local machine
Maintain a repository of code using Git version control
Build mobile friendly web pages using HTML5
Understand and use CSS, including Twitter Bootstrap
Understand and use Javascript, including jQuery
Install, configure, and use a database using Postgresql
Build an interactive website using PHP 5.6, using modern design principles
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Requirements
  • All you need is a Windows or Macintosh computer and an Internet connection.
Description

Learn to build a web application using modern design principles and tools, including HTML5, Git, Twitter Bootstrap, Postgresql, PHP5, Vagrant and JQuery. We'll go through the entire web development process from start to finish, and learn how to build a modern, stable, secure web application. No prior programming experience is required.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for people interested in learning how to program. It is not intended for experienced programmers.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction and course Requirements
3 Lectures 14:06

A brief introduction to the course.

Preview 05:55

Installing Atom, an easy to use text editor that we'll be using to build HTML, Javascript, and all the other technologies we'll be covering in this course.

Installing Atom, our text editor
03:08

How to use Atom, our text editor, to manage project files

Using Atom, our text editor of choice
05:03
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Hypertext markup language - HTML
4 Lectures 39:48

Building a very simple web page

Building a simple HTML file
17:31

Using an Atom package to automatically format our HTML

Proper HTML formatting
03:12

Displaying lists of information, either with bullets, or as a numbered list

A few more HTML tags
03:53

How to add images, tables, and forms to your web page

Images, tables, and a simple form
15:12
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Cascading Stylesheets - CSS
6 Lectures 01:01:31

A brief introduction to cascading style sheets

How CSS works
13:19

Making the login form more useful

Improving the login form
11:33

How to install and use Twitter Bootstrap, a great CSS framework

Using Twitter Bootstrap
14:43

How to position things on the page with Bootstrap

Rows, columns, and the Bootstrap grid
05:46

Creating a simple form which uses Bootstrap's CSS

Bootstrap forms
10:26

Creating a user registration form using Twitter Bootstrap's classes

Creating a registration form
05:44
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Javascript and jQuery
5 Lectures 51:27

The basics of Javascript syntax. We'll cover more as we go along.

Basic Javascript syntax
11:37

An introduction to the Javascript function

Javascript functions
04:31

Simple (primitive, really) validation with hand-written functions

Simple form validation
13:36

A more elegant form of validation using JQuery and JQuery-Validate

Better form validation with jQuery
12:44

Selecting by class, id, or html tag with jQuery

Selecting things with jQuery
08:59
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Vagrant - Installing a virtual server
8 Lectures 44:28

Starting and using Terminal program on Macs, and the Command Prompt on Windows

A brief introduction to the command line
03:05

Installing the necessary software to get our VM up and running

Installing Vagrant and Virtualbox
02:42

Get a copy of the virtual machine we'll be using for the remainder of the course.

Vagrant up! Getting the virtual machine
10:56

Vagrant Up for Windows Users
06:08

Putty, an ssh client for Windows users

Putty - ssh for Windows users
01:21

A brief introduction to some useful Unix/Linux commands

Using Vagrant and the command line
12:48

Using vagrant share to make our website available to others for review

Vagrant share - making your website available to the public
04:00

Updating to PHP 7
03:28
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PHP
9 Lectures 01:12:05

Everyone makes mistakes, so I'm not going to hide mine

About errors
00:51

A simple introduction to PHP and variables
Introducing PHP
08:27

Some resources that you will find helpful as we proceed

Useful PHP resources
02:29

Writing our very first PHP script

Our first PHP script
11:08

Arrays and loops
13:45

A simple way (which we'll improve upon) to handle posting form information

Handling form data with PHP
13:40

Assignment: complete handling our posted form data
06:12

Another useful data structure

Associative arrays
05:28

How to persist data across web pages

Sessions
10:05
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Introducing Composer
9 Lectures 01:18:14
Installing Composer
05:35

Configuring Composer
07:17


Installing more packages, and rearranging application structure
06:33

Force all web page requests to go through our index file

Changing our web server configuration
03:48

Simple routing
09:05

Better routing
11:45


Handling posted data with a controller
06:29
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Introducing Postgresql, our database
2 Lectures 27:02
Introduction to Postgres
15:19

PHP and SQL (the hard way)
11:43
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Object Relational Mapping, or Databases made simpler
3 Lectures 26:00
Setting up our ORM
11:30

Accessing the database eloquently
08:33

Revisiting our register form
05:57
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Better Validation
10 Lectures 01:09:10

Respect/Validate -- an excellent validation package

Installing respect/validate
01:51

Using an existing validation package in our app

Using respect/validate
08:12

A simple assignment on validation

Assignment
02:50

Improving our autoloader, and implementing namespacing

PSR-4 and namespacing
10:22

Ensuring emails are actually valid emails

Building our validation class
19:54


Making sure that passwords and emails are entered correctly

Validating equality
08:03

Improving our code style, and a helper app to automate the process

PSR-2 Coding Style
04:49

Password hashing made simple

Storing password information safely
03:34

Finishing off our validation class and logic

Completing validation and generating a better error message
06:59
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About the Instructor
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1,310 Students
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I have twenty years of experience in professional software development, and twenty years of experience as a University level educator and researcher.

As an entrepreneur, I have worked with a broad range of clients, including Thomson Nelson, Hewlett Packard, the Royal Bank of Canada, Keybank, Sprint, and many, many others. I also have extensive management and project management experience. I have led teams of fifty developers and artists on multi-million dollar projects, and much smaller teams on much smaller projects.

As a professor, I have taught in a wide variety of course areas, including Computer Science, English, Irish, and American literature, and a number of "crossover" courses that bridge the liberal arts and technologies.

I have won regional, national, and international awards for my work in the IT field, and have also won awards for my teaching and research efforts as a University professor.

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