PHP & SQL: Introduction (for existing PHP users)

What topics are covered by the course?

Creating a form handler
Passing form data between pages
Separate Vs integrated handlers
Using $_POST and $_GET
Using the if() control structure
Using isset() to detect form input
Presenting handler data
Using header and footer scripts
Using includes

Error handling
Configuring for errors
Using error_reporting()
Using comments to detect problems
Using the echo command to view variables

Preparing to connect to mySQL
Setting up database
Using PHPmyAdmin
Inserting dummy data
PHP connection to db
Writing a connection script
Securing database credentials

Print out the table
Arrays refresher
Writing a query
Using PHP to query the table
Placing the data in an array
Outputting the data
Using the While Loop

Creating an Add Entry Script
Creating a suitable form handler
Stripping slashes
Writing an INSERT query
Checking for DB activity success
Using the header() function

Creating a simple DB relationship
Why use relationships?
PKs and FKs
Naming conventions

Creating an Update Script
Passing the PK between scripts in a link
Reading the PK and using it to display record
Trapping non-standard use of form
Using a SELECT drop down
Linking the SELECT to table
Passing the PK as a hidden field
Writing an UPDATE query

Creating a Delete Entry script
Using a form to validate entry
Using the DELETE query

Where from here?
Keeping code tidy
Annotating code
Security issues
Data cleansing and validation
Using functions and OOP
Use of Sessions to authenticate users

Questions and answers

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants a practical understanding of PHP

What will I be able to do on completion?

This course would also be a useful starting point to those already familiar with C, ASP.NET or JavaScript. A good working knowledge of xhtml is a pre-requirement.

In this intensive course you learn how to use PHP and MySQL together to produce the four basic database functions, Listing, Inserting, Updating and Deleting.

During the course you will learn how to use common PHP control structures and useful functions. There will be a simple introduction to relational tables.

While there are several styles of programming, the course goes to some length in discussing best practice using code that is easy to read and understand.

At the end of the course there will be a short discussion outlining where the delegate can move on to from this point, and these intermediate and advanced courses can be booked at Media Training.

How will I be assessed?

There is no formal assessment at the end of this course.

Guide Price: 990 plus VAT

Delivery: Classroom
Category: PHP »
Duration: Two days

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