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University of Michigan

Building Web Applications in PHP

University of Michigan via Coursera


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In this course, you'll explore the basic structure of a web application, and how a web browser interacts with a web server. You'll be introduced to the request/response cycle, including GET/POST/Redirect. You'll also gain an introductory understanding of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), as well as the basic syntax and data structures of the PHP language, variables, logic, iteration, arrays, error handling, and superglobal variables, among other elements. An introduction to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) will allow you to style markup for webpages. Lastly, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to install and use an integrated PHP/MySQL environment like XAMPP or MAMP.


  • Introduction to Dynamic Web Content
    • We look at the basic structure of a web application and how a web browser interacts with a web server. We explore the Request-Response Cycle that is the basis of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
  • HyperText Markup Language (HTML)
    • We briefly cover the basics of the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) that is the markup for web pages. We hope that you already have some expertise in HTML and that this is mostly review.
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
    • We briefly cover the basics of cascading Style Sheets (CSS) that allow us to style the markup for web pages.
  • Installing PHP and SQL
    • Our first technical task is to work through the installation steps including installing a text editor, installing MAMP or XAMPP (or equivalent), creating a MySql Database, and writing a PHP program.
  • Introduction to PHP
    • We begin learning PHP.
  • PHP Arrays
    • We look at unique aspects of arrays in the PHP language.
  • PHP Functions
    • We look at unique aspects of functions in PHP.
  • PHP and HTML Forms
    • We look at how HTML forms are created and processed in the PHP language.

Taught by

Charles Severance


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4.7 rating at Coursera based on 4224 ratings

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  • Dr. Chuck is a really great teacher. The videos are entertaining and informative. I will definitely take more of his classes in the future. This is a beginner-level class, as long as you know some HTML I think you can do this.
  • Anonymous
    I recently enrolled in the PHP programming course offered by the Online Edu Centre, and I must say that my experience has been nothing short of exceptional. As someone with limited coding background, I found the course to be well-structured, informative, and engaging.

    The curriculum covers a wide range of PHP concepts, from basic syntax to advanced topics like object-oriented programming and database integration. The modules are presented in a logical sequence, allowing for a gradual and thorough understanding of PHP. Each lesson is accompanied by clear explanations, practical examples, and hands-on exercises, making it easy for students to grasp the concepts and apply them in real-world scenarios.
  • I have only done week 1 but am hooked already. I've taken Dr Chuck's Python for Everyone so knew what to expect, and Chuck doesn't disappoint - he seriously cracks me up, but the best thing is he really loves this stuff and his passion shows. I feel smarter just in the first week of content alone.

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