I am admittedly a fan of Coursera and think that what they’re doing to help make quality education more accessible is quite remarkable. It is a disappointment though that I’ve been waiting for partner institutions to offer PHP courses for some time already, with no results till now. After all, their format would have really been a great way to learn PHP on a budget. What’s even more disheartening is that there are courses for C++, Java, and other programming languages, and even database courses! So I just don’t get why no one hasn’t thought of offering PHP courses yet.
Still, if you’re just a beginner, then Coursera shouldn’t be a complete bust for you. Signing up for some of their beginner-level computer courses like Computer Science 101 taught by Nick Parlante of Stanford University, should help you get your programming concepts and basic skills down pat. This is important if you wish to be a good PHP programmer.
So do invest some time and effort in signing up for some computer courses, even if it’s not on PHP.