PHP Programming

Course Code: PHP

Duration: 3 days


PHP Programming Course Overview

The PHP Programming course is designed to give delegates the knowledge to develop/maintain PHP scripts.

Exercises and examples are used throughout the course to give practical hands-on experience with the techniques covered.

Course Objectives

Knowledge of PHP to write, maintain and understand PHP scripts.

Who will the Course Benefit?

Programmers who need to write or maintain scripts in PHP.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Declare variables and initialise them
  • Read/write text and binary files
  • Construct expressions with arithmetic, logical and relational operators
  • Use built-in library functions
  • Use indexed and associative arrays
  • Use conditional statements
  • Use iterative type statements
  • Use and code functions
  • Create and use external PHP Code
  • Manipulate text using regular expression
  • Define and use classes and objects

PHP Programming Training Course

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions


  • Programming Basics
  • Comment markers
  • PHP Tags
  • Output Commands
  • Using Files
  • Include_path
  • Opening files
  • Reading files
  • Writing to Files
  • Operators
  • Assignment Operators
  • Increment/Decrement Operators
  • Arithmetic Operators
  • String Operators
  • Comparison Operators
  • Logical Operators


  • Naming Rules
  • Data Types
  • Numerical
  • Integer
  • Floating Point Numbers
  • Floating Point Precision
  • Single Quoted Strings
  • Double Quoted Strings
  • Creating and Assigning Variables
  • Assigning Values to Variables
  • Type Conversion
  • Super Globals
  • Constants
  • Variable Variables
  • Creating/modifying indexed and associative arrays
  • Multi-Dimensional arrays
  • Using array functions
  • Sorting an array

PHP Programming Training Course


  • Statement Blocks
  • If Construct
  • Else Keyword
  • Elseif Keyword
  • Switch
  • Looping Constructs
  • While Loop
  • Do-while Loop
  • For Loop
  • Foreach Loop
  • Loop Control Words
  • Break
  • Continue


  • Overview
  • Variable Scoping
  • Global Keyword
  • Static Keyword
  • Argument Passing by Value
  • Argument Passing by Reference
  • Returning Values
  • Including External PHP Functions
  • Conditionally Created Functions
  • Functions Created Inside Functions


  • Meta-Characters
  • Sequences
  • Sets
  • Pattern Matching with ereg and eregi
  • Pattern Matching with preg_match
  • Splitting Text - preg_split
  • Replacing Text - preg_replace

PHP Programming Training Course


  • PHP Object Orientated Concepts
  • Creating Classes and Objects
  • Constructor and Destructor functions
  • Inheritance
  • Access Modifiers

Session 7: PHP & PEAR

  • What is PEAR?
  • Command Line Package Installer
  • Fully-Automatic Installation
  • Semi-Automatic Installation
  • What is PECL?

Session 8: PHP & HTML

  • HTML/PHP Examples
  • Course technical content is subject to change without notice.
  • Course content is structured as sessions, this does not strictly map to course timings. Concepts, content and practicals often span sessions.


Delegates attending this course should have some previous programming experience and be able to define general programming concepts including: compilation, execution, variables, arrays, sequence, selection, iteration, functions, objects, and classes. Moreover delegates should be able to navigate the filesystem (on the command line ideally), edit and save text files and browse the web. This knowledge can be obtained by attendance on the pre-requisite Introduction to Programming course.

Pre-Requisite Courses

Course Reviews

Great course for those starting out PHP, or those who have experience but simply want to-recap specific areas.

Barry - Academic

Really good course. Wish I had booked for the database part of the course as I felt like I really learnt a lot in PHP.

Andrea - Digital Development - IT

Another well-paced, conducive course delivered by StayAhead. As always, the lecturer's wisdom surpassed the scope of the manual, providing additional challenges to reinforce comprehension of PHP programming. The trainer was attentive and gave one-to-one support as and when required. Thank you.

Kim - Systems Officer - Academic

A great course - exactly what I needed.

John - Business Improvement Developer - Communications

Course very helpful to what I was looking to achieve, improving on my PHP skills. Tutor very helpful and easily approachable.

Liam - Junior Web Developer - Leisure

Tutor was very knowledgeable and was a great help when I got stuck!

Dave - Solutions Analyst - Outsourcing

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Classroom & Live Virtual Instructor-Led Training

Duration: 3 days

Price: £1,260.00 exc. VAT 

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