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Introduction to PHP and MySQL Course

(4.73 out of 5) 214 Student Reviews

About the Course

During this 3 day course, participants will step through how to build an entire dynamic website, ensuring that they have the necessary experience, skills and confidence to build a dynamic website later on. Students will learn how to install and configure the Apache, PHP, and MySQL software, and write commands in Structured Query Language (SQL) to query and modify the MySQL database. Other topics include gathering and processing information from forms, file uploading, relational database design and password-protection.

Who should do this course?

This course is intended for anyone looking to create code a database-driven website using PHP and MySQL.


Participants should have already completed the HTML and CSS courses and have good understanding of these technologies prior to attending this course or have the equivalent experience with HTML and CSS.

Course Benefits

  • FREE Re-sit up to 8 months
  • FREE eMail Support
  • Certified Expert Trainers
  • Printed Course Manual
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Hands-on Training Methods
  • Fully Set-Up Computer Labs

Quick Facts

$ 1485 incl GST

Duration: 3 Days

Max. Class Size: 10

Avg. Class Size: 5

Level: Beginner

Times: 9.00am to 5.00pm approx

Course Dates

04-06 Oct 17Wed - Fri

20-22 Nov 17Mon - Wed

17-19 Jan 18Wed - Fri

26-28 Feb 18Mon - Wed

16-18 Apr 18Mon - Wed

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Level 11,
32 Walker Street,
North Sydney , NSW 2060

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28-30 Aug 17Mon - Wed

11-13 Oct 17Wed - Fri

29 Nov - 01 Dec 17Wed - Fri

17-19 Jan 18Wed - Fri

05-07 Mar 18Mon - Wed


Level 12
379 Collins Street,
Melbourne , VIC 3000

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24-26 Oct 17Tue - Thu

07-09 Feb 18Wed - Fri

30 Apr - 02 May 18Mon - Wed

25-27 Jul 18Wed - Fri

15-17 Oct 18Mon - Wed


C/O Support Technology
Level 6, 371 Queen Street,
Brisbane , QLD 4000

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This course is currently upon demand in Canberra


C/O Atlas Business Services
Level 1, 33 Ainslie Place,
Canberra , ACT 2601

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This course is currently upon demand in Adelaide


C/O The International Visualisation Centre (IVC)
19 Young Street,
Adelaide , SA 5000

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C/O Saxons Training Facilities
Level 1, 140 St Georges Terrace,
Perth , WA 6000

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Course Units

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Unit 1: Setting Up the PHP Development Environment

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  • Introduction to Apache, MySQL, and PHP
  • Stable/Production vs. Development Releases
  • Understanding How PHP Works
  • Server-Side vs. Client-Side Scripting
  • Installing PHP, Apache, and MySQL (the Hard Way)

Unit 2: Understanding PHP: Language Basics

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  • Embedding PHP Scripts
  • Alternative Delimiters
  • Variables and Datatypes
  • Storing Values in a Variable
  • Understanding Strings
  • Understanding Integers
  • Understanding Floating Point Numbers
  • Understanding Boolean Values
  • Understanding Arrays
  • Sending Data to the Browser as Output
  • The print() Statement
  • The echo() Statement
  • The printf() Statement
  • The sprintf() Statement
  • Commenting Your Code
  • Understanding Arithmetic Operators
  • Understanding Arithmetic Assignment Operators
  • Understanding Comparison Operators
  • Understanding Error Control Operators
  • Understanding Incrementing/Decrementing Operators
  • Understanding Logical Operators
  • Understanding String Operators
  • Control Structures
  • Returning Values from Functions

Unit 3: Passing Information with PHP

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  • Superglobal Arrays
  • Variable Scope
  • $_SERVER
  • $_GET
  • Accessing URL Variables
  • $_POST
  • $_FILES
  • Using session_destroy()
  • $_COOKIE

Unit 4: Working with Databases

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  • The Basics of MySQL Data Storage
  • Manipulating Data in MySQL Tables
  • Creating and Deleting Databases
  • Deleting Databases Using DROP
  • Creating Databases Using CREATE
  • The CREATE TABLE Statement
  • Data Types in MySQL
  • Understanding PRIMARY KEY
  • Understanding AUTO_INCREMENT
  • Indexes in MySQL
  • The INSERT Statement
  • The SELECT Statement
  • The UPDATE Statement
  • The JOIN Statement
  • The DELETE Statement
  • Opening a Connection
  • PHPís MySQL Extension
  • The MySQLi Extension
  • Using Prepared Statements
  • Using MySQLi
  • Using Prepared Statements with MySQLi
  • PHP Data Objects (PDO)
  • Understanding Table Structure
  • Planning Database Tables
  • The Shortcut Selector (*)

Unit 5: Building the Entry Manager

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  • Planning the Entry Database Table
  • Creating the Entry Input Form
  • Create a Script to Process the Form Input
  • Performing the Initial Verification
  • Connect to the Database
  • Keeping Database Credentials Separate
  • Connecting to the Database in update.inc.php
  • Save the Entry to the Database
  • Retrieve the Entryís Unique ID and Display the Entry to the User
  • Displaying the Saved Entries
  • Planning Your Scripts
  • Separation of Logic in Programming
  • Mapping Your Functions to Output Saved Entries
  • Writing the Database Functions
  • Writing the Business Function
  • Writing the Presentation Code

Unit 6: Adding Support for Multiple Pages

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  • Add a page Column to the entries Table
  • Modify Your Functions to Accept Page Parameters
  • Accepting Page Information in the URL
  • Using the Page Information to Filter Entries
  • Modifying admin.php to Save Page Associations
  • Saving Page Associations
  • Using .htaccess to Create Friendly URLs
  • Creating Your .htaccess File
  • Creating Friendly URLs Automatically
  • Adding a Menu
  • Creating Different Viewing Styles for the Pages

Unit 7: Updating and Deleting Entries

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  • Creating Administrative Links
  • Displaying Administrative Links
  • Passing URL Values to admin.php with .htaccess
  • Modifying the Original Admin Rule
  • The New Admin Rule
  • Populating Your Form with the Entry to Be Edited
  • Updating Entries in the Database
  • Handling Entry Deletion
  • Confirming Your Choice to Delete an Entry
  • Handling Your Submitted Confirmation Form
  • Removing Deleted Entries from the Database

Unit 8: Adding the Ability to Upload Images

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  • Adding a File Input to the Admin Form
  • Accessing the Uploaded File
  • A Quick Refresher on the $_FILES Superglobal Array
  • Writing the Image Handling Class
  • Saving the Image
  • Checking for Errors Using Exceptions
  • Saving the File
  • Modifying update.inc.php to Save Images
  • Using try...catch with Exceptions
  • Creating a New Folder
  • Renaming the Image
  • Determining the File Extension
  • Storing and Retrieving Images from the Database
  • Adding a Function to Format Images for Output
  • Resizing Images

Unit 9: Syndicating the Blog

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  • Creating an RSS Feed
  • Describing Your Feed
  • Creating Feed Items
  • Publishing Your Feed
  • Adding the Feed to the Blog

Unit 10: Adding a Commenting System to Your Blog

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  • Creating a comments Table in the Database
  • Building a Comments Class
  • Building the Comment Entry Form
  • Storing New Comments in the Database
  • Retrieving All Comments for a Given Entry
  • Displaying Comments for a Given Entry
  • Deleting Comments


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(4.70 out of 5) Chris U [ 27 February, 2017 ]
Very informative course and covered a lot of material. Students should definitely have an appreciation of basic coding techniques prior to attending this course.
(5.00 out of 5) Thompson [ 27 February, 2017 ]
Well structured and thorough course into PHP and MySQL. The content was delivered extremely well and the use of relevant and/or practical examples to demonstrate the concepts made this course easy to pick up whilst also allowing immediate application of learnt knowledge back in the workplace. I would highly recommend this course because something it does better than the internet is to filter out the bad coding practices and ensure you know how to write PHP efficiently and correctly.

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(4.90 out of 5) Chandan P [ 07 November, 2016 ]
Its very helpful for beginners. Full hands on type training which is more beneficial than powerpoint presentation.
(5.00 out of 5) Mitchell M [ 10 February, 2016 ]
Excellent course. From someone who has a very basic programming knowledge, the course developed my understanding further. Recommend for other students. Highly recommend Mark has the course teacher.

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