PHP Programming 101

October 1st, 2014

The Client side and Server Side Validation (3/3)

Posted by Edi in PHP

The Server-side data validation
The Server-side data validation means utilizing PHP to verify if good values have been sent to the script. Using server-side validation has almost the exact opposite advantages and disadvantages of client-side development:
Yes, it is more secure and works perfectly with all browsers, but it does so at the expense of slightly higher server load and slower feedback for users.

One big advantage of server-side validation is that you can use PHP – a language in which you have already familiarized with by now.
PHP has a wide variety of functions and language features modify strings, check numbers are within ranges, and so on. In addition to this, you can use PHP to connect to a database to check whether a username exists, for example, which is obviously impossible using client-side scripting.

September 24th, 2014

Marketing Your Skills as a Freelance Programmer

The popularity of PHP as a solution for websites with dynamic contents has created a huge market for people skilled enough in writing complex applications in PHP, covering a wide range of solutions. If you think you’ve got enough experience under your belt, you’ve probably already considered the idea at least once. However, simply knowing how to write good PHP scripts won’t be enough to make it as a successful freelance programmer. This post is a bit more abstract as it doesn’t cover programming specifically, but more general ideas that can help you get a better exposure for your skillset.

First, consider your weak points – this is crucial when aiming to be a successful freelancer. With a highly competitive market like the one we have, you simply can’t afford to lack in any qualification when it comes to writing PHP scripts. If your knowledge of database interaction is weak, you’d better grab a book on databases and dig in for the next few weeks – otherwise, that other guy who doesn’t write scripts quite as well as you, but knows MySQL by heart will keep getting the good jobs and you’ll keep treading in the same place.

Also, figure out what exactly you want to offer as a service – the applications of PHP are quite varied and this allows you to specialize in a particular type of design. Figure out what you do best and market yourself to that crowd – it’s always better to offer the type of service you’re best at (something which really shouldn’t even need mentioning, but somehow keeps getting ignored by many people).

September 17th, 2014

Learning PHP on a Budget

Posted by Hannah in Reference And Education

php programmingHigh education costs have discouraged many a would-be student from taking up college courses, afraid that tuition fees will land them in deep financial debt. While taking up a computer-related major may not be as expensive as pursuing a medical degree, expenses can still be too steep for many. However, if you wish to learn to program but do not have the budget to get enroll full-time in college, you can start by learning just one program at a time and see where it takes you.

Learning PHP is a good place to start since it is one of the most in demand programming languages in the IT industry these days. There are lots of free tutorials and budget-friendly courses for those who are tight on finances as well. Once you are well-versed with the language, you can then take certification tests to prove your expertise and use that as your credentials as a PHP programmers. You can then take your programming career from there, by getting more experience, attending trainings, and maybe even getting a full-blown degree eventually going beyond PHP to other programming languages.

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September 10th, 2014

Zend continues to Grace the PHP Scene

Posted by Conrad in Information, PHP

ZendOne of the best companies that have been developing tools for PHP, Zend has continued to provide solutions such as development tools and community resources to help developers and budding programmers the world over. Their enterprise edition ZendCore offers developers the stacks they need along with the tools you get from their web site to get you down and fast to developing web applications and pages in minutes. Ideal for enterprise applications, they offer valuable enhancements to the development stage with tools and many other useful tips for all. (more…)

September 10th, 2014

SERVER REVIEW: APACHE vs. IIS (cont…)

Posted by binary in PHP

(cont…)

On the other hand, Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS) is a group of internet servers which has additional fetures for Microsoft operating system such as Windows NT and windows 2000 operating system servers. IIS can’t use Java, Perl and PHP on a .Net platform because Microsoft doesn’t support those technologies but Web developers can use Microsoft’s Active Server Page (ASP)technology otherwise. IIS has server administrators which include console from which all services and users can be administered. According to www.microsoft.com “I IS 6.0 which is redesigned with a new fault-tolerant process architecture that greatly boosts the reliability of Web sites and applications. IIS 6.0 isolates Web sites and applications into self-contained units called application pools, which separate applications from the other applications that are hosted on the same server.” Now i give you free hand to choose on what server you want to use? IIS or APACHE?

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September 3rd, 2014

PHP is for Everyone

Posted by Conrad in PHP, Programming

PHP Made Easy

Whenever we say programming, it all comes down to limiting it to the actual programmers who have fought long and hard to make sure that they are up to date with the latest software the technology world has to offer. While this is only normal, many people have had their curiosity aroused on PHP to the extent of trying to learn it through the use of simple logic.

PHP programming is similar to any other scripting language we have heard of. The only difference here would be the commands to be used. If you sum it all up, it all boils down to desire and logic while also familiarizing yourself with the new commands and lines that PHP software uses today.

August 27th, 2014

Online Auction PHP Scripts

Posted by Conrad in PHP

PHP Pro Bid

One program that will surely be most sought after on the web today would be auction scripts. Many sites from all over the world have been looking for scripts that can offer a similar flow that eBay and Amazon have been offering although to a different degree.

Ranging from bidding all the way to multiple payment modes, the various features that auctioning systems such as the PHP Pro Bid is surely something that can prove to be beneficial to both the owner and the market he wants to get over the web. Definitely something aspiring business makers on the web will have to check out.

(Source) PHP Pro Bid

August 20th, 2014

Embedding Comments

Posted by Conrad in Basic Programming, Sample Code

Now, to make you a better programmer we all know the value of comments. This allows you to understand the code that you have written defining and given meaning to operations as you build them up. You start with the terminators used by PHP and end with them as well. Single line comments look like this �// comment� and Multi-line ones use the syntax /* comment comment*/. A better example would be the one below:

//comment
/* comment
Comment*/
?>

In the next post we take on the best parts of PHP which would be variables which is essential in all programming languages.

June 30th, 2013

Learning Computer Science Basics on Coursera

Posted by Hannah in Basic Programming

computer science 101 courseraI 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.

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May 30th, 2013

PHP Now on Google App Engine

Posted by Hannah in PHP

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 1.00.28 PMGoogle recently announced the addition of PHP to the Google App Engine; a move that makes sense with PHP being one of the most popular programming language nowadays. However, according to Google, the PHP runtime environment for App Engine “is an Experimental feature in Limited Preview.” This means that while anyone who wants to can develop and test applications locally, “only whitelisted applications may be deployed on App Engine if they use the PHP runtime”. Of course, this restriction will be lifted eventually, although when that will be exactly is yet to be announced. Google is accepting applications from developers who wish to be able to deploy their programs on App Engine, although sending in your application is not an insurance that you will indeed be whitelisted.

If you want to know more about using PHP to develop programs on Google’s App Engine, you can read the PHP Getting Started Guide.

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