Posts Categorized: PHP

July
10
2014

July – Week 2

“PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.”
– Jon Ribbens

We’re back on the PHP party boat, everyone’s gone home, you’re out of booze and you have the faint sensation your CRUD app from last week still makes no sense to you. Dark times indeed. But huzzah, a lifeboat arrives in the form of PHPacademy , and what’s this? A 23 video playlist for free! I rate this channel quite highly, (more…)

July
05
2014

July – Week 1

“Jack of all trades, master of none,
Often times better than a master of one.”
– Popular saying

This week I started to go off on a tangent (one of the dangers of self-learning!), well I started having many illustrious thoughts about PHP (which is unusual considering all the hate it gets). Job searches will prove it’s still an in-demand skill and many common frameworks are built on it (inc. WordPress), so I wanted to see if I could get down in the foundations of it. (more…)

April
26
2014

April – Week 4

It’s really unfortunate that I’m stuck using it in certain cases. It’s even more unfortunate that it has such a high market share and that people are still flocking to it as if it is a good solution for their CMS. Non-programmers see a pretty back-end and are astonished at its great and awe-inspiring magnificence. WordPress “programmers” look at it and see the myriad of filters, the nice looking documentation, and plethora of (mostly useless – I’ll get to this later) plugins and are captivated by the sheer power of the applications they can charge way too much for. I look at it and weep uncontrollably. On the inside, of course. As a man, I don’t cry.
– Jeremy Harris

So why learn WordPress? And if I’m not to disagree with Mr. Harris then how can I convince you it’s possibly a good idea. Skim this. WordPress gets a bit of hate because it’s easy for lazy devs to overload it with plugins and the back-end code is questionably bloated. If your the smart man on campus or a coding-ninja the I can certainly see what would annoy you about WordPress, but we’re not, we’re little fish and I think getting you from the basics of HTML/CSS into pushing a dynamic modern web site online we need a CMS. (more…)

April
14
2014

April – Week 3

Will’s video about career advice hopefully helped you put things in perspective, as you may now, or previously realised, the world of web design and development are prone to being sliced in half. Front-end and back-end, I’ve often read that specialising in one or the other is good advice, whereas trying to be a hardcore full-stack developer is a quick road to drink and gutter drudgery. I’m of the opinion knowing at least a bit of both first is the best way, (more…)