Course Overview

In this class you will learn the basic programming skills in PHP that will prepare you to take our Drupal 8 Module Development course.

Who is it for?

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

How is it taught?

The class will consist of four weekly video lessons, each around 3.5 hours long, and four weekly live Q&A sessions with the instructor. The lessons will cover the topics listed below and can be watched on-demand, 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 weekly live 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 right on the spot.) In addition to the live sessions, you will have access to an online forum to discuss assignments with other students and ask the instructor questions during the week.

After the course is over you can continue to access the lesson videos, free of charge, forever. There are no monthly subscription fees. Just come back and watch the lessons whenever you want. They are a great reference when you forget how to do something.

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Topics Covered in this Course

PHP Basics

  • Web server basics
  • Setting up a PHP development environment
  • Running PHP programs
  • Using Composer for integrating dependencies into your project

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
  • 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

Object-Oriented Programming

  • Understanding namespaces and class auto-loading
  • Creating and extending classes
  • Creating and implementing interfaces

Modern PHP

  • Using Composer for integrating dependencies into your project
  • Writing event handlers
  • Using dependency injection for configurable applications
  • Using annotations to declare configuration to libraries
  • Parsing YAML configuration files


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 $299. This includes:

  • 13+ hours of video lessons and 4 weekly live sessions with your instructor.
  • Permanent access to the recordings of all the lessons and live sessions. 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 - November 7, 2018
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October 24 - November 21, 2018
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November 7 - December 6, 2018
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January 9 - February 7, 2019
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January 23 - February 21, 2019
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February 6 - March 7, 2019
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February 20 - March 21, 2019
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March 6 - April 4, 2019
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March 20 - April 18, 2019
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