A beginner’s guide to PHP
PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.
PHP is a simple language and easy to learn, but you can’t learn freely by yourself without the system. If you ignore the basic knowledge, you will create a big hole, do not understand the whole nature of the problem, so your learning may be long or the results will not be like you desire.
So what will you do if you begin learn PHP?
1. Determine your target
Learning PHP as well as learning other subjects, before learning you must set yourself a goal for the course and endless effort to achieve that goal. The same course but the value it brings as well as the knowledge, the skills you learn are different depending on your goals.
2. Understand basic concepts and knowledge
This is very important when you are starting a new subject. It is your key and background later. Some basic knowledge such as: PHP’s structure, how to output PHP values, variables, constants, strings, and data types,…
3. Create your source code by yourseft
As you learn and study a new language, you have to build your source code in the learning process instead of using the code available. This will help you understand about knowledge.
After you have studied and mastered the theory, you start practicing, only practice you can be proficient.
You practice writing code at least 2 hours a day. At first you can catch code from other programmers but then you have to write your own code. Because the main job of a programmer is code. Writing code can be a little difficult and your code may be long, but after a period of training will be better.
5. Don’t copy and paste code
You have to type the code by yourself because it will help you to remember the code. If you are wrong, you should review and edit it. So you have much experience of the next time.
6. Learn PHP websites
You can schedule your time and study whenever you want. Depending on your ability you choose he most suitable course. Another benefit that you will save a great deal of money because online learning is always cheaper than even being free.
The websites you can find to learn such as: Udacity, Codecademy, PHP manual, PHP 101, Tizag, and more.
7. Join offline classes
PHP learning style has a great influence on your learning outcomes. You can study offline at reputable establishments. With this form of learning you will have access to the full knowledge. In addition to learning programming-related lessons, you’ll also learn more skills such as communication skills, problem solving skills, or information-seeking skills. These are the advantages that programming facilities bring to you.
8. PHP books
Some books you should read: PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja – Kevin Yank, PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition) – Larry Ullman, A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites – Robin Nixon, Programming PHP – Kevin TatroePeter MacIntyreRasmus Lerdorf, and more.
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