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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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65 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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The reviews are incredibly helpful because they help me see things that I missed, learn about new ways and sometimes interesting discussions that can add a fun twist to maybe a simple problem.

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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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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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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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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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Ricardo Pérez https://github.com/ricpelo

PHP teacher (among other things) in a Computer Science course in a High School from Andalusia, Spain.
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Nadeem Shabir https://github.com/kiyanwang

Polyglot developer, loves programming, constantly learning!
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Volodymyr Bilokur https://github.com/vladimino

I am a PHP Developer with 15+ years of experience in a wide variety of industries. I'm a servant leader, a life-long learner and a passionate mentor. I value most the light-bulb moments when, after my explanation, it becames clear something that wasn't understandable just a couple of minute ago
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced PHP exercises

These are a few of the 65 exercises on the PHP track. You can see all the exercises here.

Clock
easy
structural equality
time
Variable Length Quantity
easy
algorithms
bitwise operations
ETL
easy
dictionaries
lists
transforming
Collatz Conjecture
easy
algorithms
control flow conditionals
control flow loops
integers
math
Hello World
easy
optional values
text formatting
Raindrops
easy
filtering
text formatting

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