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Whatever your motivation, this book aims to teach you the basics of the PHP programming language. What was your favorite subject at school?
If you’re anything like me, I bet you loved the arts. The humanities. You know, the subjects derided by some as being vacuous and nebulous in nature, but regardless you loved studying them because you loved being creative.
I bet you never thought of your IT classes the same way you thought of English Language or art; as a purely creative endeavor.
That’s a pity. Learning to program is a bit like doing a creative language class. You have an idea, and you can execute that however you like. It’s pure creativity, but instead of baring your soul on paper, you are commanding a computer to do your bidding. If you can dream it, and if you can describe it in a way your computer understands, then you can make it.
The way we talk to computers is through abstractions called programming languages. There are a whole bunch of these out there, each with their own advantages, disadvantages and truly bizarre idiosyncrasies. They’re imperfect by nature, but people use them to create incredible and wonderful things.
One of these languages is called PHP.
You may have heard of it before. This is the language that Facebook, WordPress and Wikipedia use to serve billions of requests, daily. It is the de-facto language used for teaching people to program for the web. It’s beautifully simple, but brilliantly powerful.
And in this guide, I’m going to teach you how you can use it to build your own websites.
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