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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66 Exercises

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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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A tremendous learning opportunity to explore the depth of your own knowledge

Exercism is fantastic in learning new languages but that is not the extent of it. If you are a "more experienced" programmer you may have encountered impostor syndrome: the idea you don't really know what you think you know. Exercism lets you solve problems and put them in the space of open feedback which is a tremendous learning opportunity to explore the depth of your own knowledge. Even if you have been programming in a language for awhile it is worth checking into Exercism to see where you stand with current implementation practices.

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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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Subhojit Paul Personal Site

I have been writing applications in PHP since 2012. I like to learn software engineering principles, and implement them in PHP - or any other programming language.
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Roman Glushko LinkedIn

@magento Software Developer and Contributor at @Atwix, E-commerce, Data science newbie
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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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David Stockton https://github.com/dstockto

I've been writing PHP since 1997 and have been programming for over 30 years. I really love the improvements that have been made to PHP, especially since 7.0. I enjoy mentoring and helping developers improve and learn new skills.
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Owais Ali My Profile

I am a Computer Science graduate and Software Engineer who loves to write software to build great products which help businesses, communities and individuals succeed with their goals.
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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.
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.

ETL
easy
dictionaries
lists
transforming
Luhn
medium
misc
Hello World
easy
optional values
text formatting
Markdown
easy
refactoring
Accumulate
easy
extension methods
sequences
transforming
Prime Factors
easy
math

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