This beginner PHP 7 course gives you the skills you need to succeed as a freelance software engineer.
What you'll learn:
- Learn PHP 7
- Build a WordPress plugin from scratch
This course is/will/has...
A living, breathing, course continuously updated whenever new significant versions of PHP get release, whether that's PHP 7.0 to 7.1, of PHP 7.x to PHP 8.x, I'll be sure you have the latest information as quickly as possible in new videos.
Teach you the difference in coding standards that makes the difference between a PHP artisan, and someone who's self-taught and spends years in the dark. (HINT: SOLID, DRY, YAGNI! You'll learn what they mean and why they're important, and also why your code should comment itself.)
Has several micro-courses to help you grow in ways that matter, potentially putting you six-figures or more in profit!
Bread and Butter (Basics and Advanced PHP Concepts)
What about the main course? (Hint: it's not a dinner roll! :) ) Here's what you can expect.
Getting started with Eclipse PDT (free)
Variables (including global variables)
Data types (arrays, strings, int, float, etc.)
Superglobals ($_GET, $_POST, $_COOKIE, $_SERVER, $_FILES, $_REQUEST) - The general I/O for your PHP application
Flow control (if/elseif/else, for, foreach, while, do/while, switch) - Control what happens in your application
Error handling with try/catch/finally
Functions (including anonymous/lambda functions)
Type Hinting (classes, array, scalar types [New in PHP 7!])
OOP (Classes, methods, properties [static and dynamic], scope, and more!)
GuzzleHTTP for API interaction
During the course, we will learn how to build a basic online freelance marketplace in Laravel 7. Rick spent 2 years of his life building a very elaborate online freelance marketplace, and he'll distill his knowledge down into the basics so we can fit it into a course project. You'll also hear about numerous other options you could use to expand the marketplace into your own awesome creation, while reinforcing your knowledge in PHP.
What's an online freelance marketplace? Simple. It's a place where vendors and shoppers meet each other and transact service-based business. An example of some of them are Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr.
The project includes the following:
Laravel 7 training
Git using GitHub
Authentication system, and a deep dive into how that works behind the scenes.
Create and manage a project screens
Project search and Laravel Scout with Algolia's free tier
CI/CD with Travis CI
My secrets as a six-figure Upwork freelancer - PHP has the uncanny double standard of being EXTREMELY popular on online freelance marketplaces, such as Upwork, but almost non-existent in traditional jobs. If you're looking to work for yourself, learn PHP and go freelance. If you'd prefer to work for the man, try Node.js, Python, Java, or another language popular for that career path. I'll show you how to succeed as a six-figure freelancer on Upwork.
You'll also learn the various caveats of each of the major online freelance marketplaces, such as Fiverr, Freelancer.com, and Upwork, so that you can make your own decisions on where to start your journey as a freelancer.
SOLID, DRY, YAGNI, and other tips that'll make you a PHP artisan instead of just someone writing code.
S — Single responsibility principle
O — Open/closed principle
L — Liskov substitution principle
I — Interface segregation principle
D — Dependency inversion principle
DRY — Don't Repeat Yourself!
YAGNI - You Aren't Gonna Need It!
WordPress and WooCommerce - WordPress powers 35% of the entire internet at the time of writing this in February 2020. Just a couple months ago, it powered 34%! That's a massive market share, and it's no surprise that Upwork is filled to the brim with WordPress and WooCommerce projects. During this course we'll build the following WordPress plugins from scratch, while keeping our codebase FAR cleaner than most WordPress plugins, or even WordPress core itself.
Custom WooCommerce Thank-You Page - Create a custom thank-you page for your WooCommerce installation on WordPress.
Featured Products Widget - Build a widget to display an admin-defined list of posts on your sidebar, footer, or anywhere else your theme supports widgets!
Laravel 7 - Laravel is the most popular PHP framework at the time of writing, and we'll learn how to build software in laravel. You'll learn the components that make up the framework, such as model, views, controller, the Artisan CLI and more. You'll also get hands-on training in Laravel Spark and Laravel Nova not taught in other courses in PHP and Laravel!
Vue.js - Learn the very basics of using Vue.js to build your frontend. As we'll be using Laravel, Vue.js will come up somewhat often when working with their products, and you should be able to hit the ground running with Vue.js.