PHP

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PHP is a scripting language designed for web development, but also used as a general-purpose programming language. It's one of the most popular programming languages for web development and provides object-oriented capabilities.
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About PHP

<?php

function helloWorld($name = 'World')
{
    return "Hello, $name!";
}

PHP is a server-side language suited towards web development. The acronym is recursive, standing for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.

Considerably more versatile than CGI scripting, PHP is often used to add interactivity to plain HTML and bolster web frameworks.

The language can be employed on any operating system. PHP is supported by most common web servers and is often handled through an interpreter module. This combines static web code with dynamic inclusions.

PHP isn't just a web server framework. It's also useful for command-line scripting (headless parsing) and developing GUIs.

You should learn PHP because:

  • it's an Open Source language
  • it's well-documented and supported
  • it's compatible with most common web servers
  • it's easy to pick up and start learning
  • it's highly scalable and extensible
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What I like about it is that I am able to solve the challenges in a TDD way working in a environment that I am familiar (my own PC not a browser IDE) and the cherry on the top of the cake is that I have access to code reviews.

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Meet the PHP Track mentors

Once you join the PHP language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

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Luke Carrier https://github.com/LukeCarrier

SRE at an edtech company. I want the world to see Modern PHP isn't the slouch it used to be. Currently exploring Rust.
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James George https://github.com/jamesgeorge007

I have started out my career as a PHP Developer. I'm proficient in the LAMP stack and also tried out gigantic frameworks like Laravel.
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Donovan Mueller https://github.com/donut

I've been programming in PHP for the last 13+ years. It's improved a lot with version 7 and I've come to appreciate its qualities. I often enjoy writing in it and love to help others avoid its pitfalls.
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Gabriel Guzman https://github.com/gabeguz

PHP was the first language I worked in professionally. I've built high traffic websites with it, and find it fun to work with.
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Rafael Galdencio LinkedIn

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Pierre Thierry https://github.com/kephas

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Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced PHP exercises

These are a few of the 66 exercises on the PHP track. You can see all the exercises here.

Matching Brackets
easy
parsing
strings
All Your Base
easy
math
Book Store
easy
algorithms
Minesweeper
easy
parsing
transforming
Run Length Encoding
medium
algorithms
strings
text formatting
Bowling
easy
algorithms
control flow loops

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