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Course Overview

Course Overview

In this class you will learn the basic programming skills in PHP that will prepare you to take our Drupal 7 Module Development and Drupal 7 Theme Development courses.

Who is it for?

Want to create custom Drupal modules and themes, but don't know PHP? This class is for you.

How is it taught

The class will consist of two video lessons, each around 3 hours, and two live lab sessions with the instructor. The lessons will cover all the topics listed below and can be watched anytime that is convenient for you. At the end of each lesson, you will be given an assignment to practice what you've learned. (We will provide web hosting for your practice work, so you don't need to worry about setting that up.) The lab sessions will be conducted online, using the webinar software GotoMeeting. During the sessions, the instructor will answer all your questions from and will help troubleshoot any issues you have doing the assignment. (GotoMeeting allows us to view your computer, and take control of your keyboard and mouse if needed. So, we can see any error messages that you're seeing and figure out how to fix it in realtime.)

In addition to the live sessions, students will have access to an online forum to discuss assignments with other students and ask the instructor questions.


PHP Basics

  • Web server basics
  • Installing PHP
  • Configuring common PHP options
  • Running PHP programs
  • Setting up a PHP development environment

Programming Structures in PHP

  • Variables: Storing and accessing data
  • Operators: Doing math and making comparisons
  • Conditionals: Making decisions with if/else statements
  • Loops: Processing a collection of items with for, foreach and while loops
  • Arrays: Storing collections of information
  • Objects: Working with PHP stdClass objects
  • Global and static variables


  • Defining functions
  • Defining function parameters
  • Calling functions
  • Using reference parameters

String Processing in PHP

  • Basic string operations
  • Common string manipulation functions
  • Introduction to regular expressions
  • HTML-related functions

Working with Databases

  • Introduction to MySQL SQL statements: SELECTs, INSERTs, UPDATEs and DELETEs
  • Querying MySQL from PHP


Wayne Eaker is the director and chief developer of Zengenuity. He's a Drupal expert with years of experience building highly-customized Drupal websites. He is also a seasoned trainer, having taught professionals, corporate clients and high school computer science students. Wayne has been a PHP programmer for over 15 years.


The cost for this course is $145. This includes:

  • 6+ hours of video lessons and 2 hours of live lab sessions.
  • Permanent access to the recordings of the lessons and live session labs. Watch them again anytime you need them!
  • A web hosting account for your practice PHP programs.
  • Access to an online forum to ask questions of the instructor and discuss with other students.

Upcoming Sessions

Lesson videos for all courses are available on-demand at any time once your session begins. Live question and answer webinars are scheduled as listed below.

Not sure which session to pick? Don't worry! You can always reschedule your class if you decide you need to take it at a later date.

Class Dates
October 10 - 25, 2018
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October 24 - November 7, 2018
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January 9 - 24, 2019
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January 23 - February 7, 2019
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February 6 - 21, 2019
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February 20 - March 7, 2019
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March 6 - 21, 2019
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March 20 - April 4, 2019
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The videos were cool. I've always been a fan of being in the same place as the instructor, but the videos make me feel like I am in a classroom learning the material.
Tim - Front-End Developer
Great online classes on Drupaltutor.com. I first took "Building Websites with Drupal 7", then I registered the Advanced Drupal Bundle for all other 3 classes. I have just done the PHP Bootcamp for Drupal and started to next one. The course materials were excellent. The instructor did a good job on weekly sessions.
Lily - Databases and web applications administrator
I have found this course and Wayne's other courses a very good value. I have studied some of this material for some time. Wayne has brought many issues together and integrated what was learned piecemeal before.
Charles - Software Developer and Teacher
I found the course to be helpful for reviewing PHP, that I learned several years back, and for learning new concepts to use with our Drupal implementation project. The material will serve as a handy reference while working in Drupal.
Bob - Website Manager/Portal Administrator
Wayne was an excellent instructor, delivering the complex world of PHP in manageable pieces, building on the last for an overall understanding. He has an excellent pace, explains the reasoning behind the syntax, and gives you resources to discover more on your own. I'd recommend these courses for anyone that wants a clear, and quick, crash-course in Drupal development.
Jayson - Senior Web Designer and Developer, San Francisco
I enjoyed this introduction to PHP, which was presented in a clear and engaging way. I feel like it gave me a good introduction to PHP syntax and a foundation for learning more. The fact that I can go back to the materials is a big bonus. I will be recommending it to others on my team who would like to learn PHP.
Production Manager, San Francisco