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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.

Relaxed. Encouraging. Supportive.

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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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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mienaikage https://github.com/janczer

I do PHP for the past few years and I am happy to give back by mentoring PHP.
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Favio Manriquez https://github.com/favrik

PHP was my first language, it has a special place in my heart. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring others, plus it's a great way to refresh knowledge.
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Marko Kunic https://github.com/kunicmarko20

I do PHP for the past few years. I enjoy helping people and doing open source. Love clean code. Never stop learning is the motto.
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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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Fabian Becker https://github.com/sawmurai

I have been developing in PHP since version 3 and made all the mistakes you can make, so you don't have to! Apart from software engineering I love powerlifting and movies.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced PHP exercises

These are a few of the 61 exercises on the PHP track. You can see all the exercises here.

Variable Length Quantity
easy
algorithms
bitwise operations
Run Length Encoding
easy
algorithms
strings
text formatting
Atbash Cipher
easy
algorithms
strings
transforming
Space Age
easy
floating point numbers
Accumulate
easy
extension methods
sequences
transforming
Robot Simulator
easy
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