Learn how to create an interactive Web site, allowing visitors to post and retrieve information provided by you or your site's visitors. You'll see how to use the PHP programming language to generate dynamic Web sites that automatically change as your data changes. You'll also learn how to use the popular MySQL database server with PHP to store and retrieve data over the Web.
A PHP and MySQL development environment. During the first lesson in the course, you will be walked through the process of installing WAMP5 software, which provides a full PHP and MySQL development environment. You can download WAMP5 for free from http://www.wampserver.com/en/. You will also need Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (WAMP5 does not support either Windows 98 or Windows Me.) Note: Macintosh users will not be able to use the WAMP5 software, and must provide their own PHP and MySQL development environment. Prior HTML coding experience is helpful, but not required.
Richard Blum has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, working mainly as a network and systems administrator. During this time, he has worked with Microsoft, Novell, Unix, and Linux servers, and has created Web sites using a variety of different programming languages. Blum is the author of several programming and systems administration books, including Professional Assembly Language, C# Network Programming, PostgreSQL 8 for Windows, Sendmail for Linux, Postfix, and Network Performance Open Source Toolkit.