PHP Bootcamp for Drupal

An introductory course in PHP that will prepare you for taking our Drupal module development courses

Course Overview

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

Lessons In This Course

Video Duration
Class Introduction 00:05:33
How PHP Works 00:12:20
Using the DrupalTutor DevStack 00:25:48
Using the Example Code in This Class 00:15:38
Creating Your First PHP Program 00:16:51
Using Variables in PHP 00:24:07
Using the PHP Debugger 00:16:27
Operators in PHP 00:38:52

Video Duration
Using Conditionals to Create Branching Logic 00:48:22
Functions Part 1: Declaring Functions and Parameters 00:33:38
Functions Part 2: Understanding Variable Scope 00:27:46
Indexed and Associative Arrays 00:51:22
Loops 00:28:29
Common String Processing and Regular Expression Functions 00:26:24

Video Duration
Object Oriented Programming: stdClass Objects 00:08:02
Object Oriented Programming: Classes and Objects 00:42:59
Object Oriented Programming: Namespaces and Autoloading 00:28:31
Object Oriented Programming: Type Hinting 00:29:18
Object Oriented Programming: Static Members 00:28:03
Object Oriented Programming: Inheritance 00:40:12
Object Oriented Programming: Interfaces 00:23:14

Video Duration
Using Databases and SQL 00:48:37
Modern PHP: Introduction 00:14:56
Modern PHP: Managing Dependencies with Composer 00:22:05
Modern PHP: Annotations (and Doctrine) 00:38:30
Modern PHP: Dependency Injection 00:43:59
Modern PHP: Event Listeners / Subscribers 00:30:36
Class Wrap-Up 00:01:46

Video Duration
An Overview of Local Development Environments 00:01:50
Using Lando as a Local Development Environment 00:39:00
Using DDev as a Local Development Environment 00:28:36
Using DrupalVM as a Local Development Environment 00:30:38

See It In Action

Watch this sample video to get a sense of what this course is like.

Watch Example Video

Wayne Eaker
Wayne Eaker
Drupal Architect, Developer, and Trainer

About Your Instructor

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.


Our Guarantee

Try this course for a week, and if you don't agree that it's the best way to learn Drupal, we'll refund the full price. No questions asked.

$ 298
Per student
  • 13+ hours of video lessons
  • 4 live webinars with your instructor
  • Permanent access to the recordings of all the lessons and live sessions
  • A development environment for your practice Drupal site
  • Access to an online forum to ask questions of the instructor and discuss with other students

When is this class taught?

Class Start Date

You can start this class any time within 6 months of purchase.

Lesson Videos

This course includes detailed step-by-step lesson videos, available on-demand to watch on your own schedule. These videos are yours forever, so you can come back and watch them any time you need a refresher.

Live Webinars

In addition to the lesson videos you will be able to attend 4 weeks of optional live Q&A webinars with your instructor. In these sessions, you can ask questions, get help with troubleshooting issues, or dive deeper into any topics that interest you. Click here for a list of upcoming Q&A webinar times.

Online Development Environment

We will provide you with 5 weeks of access to an online development environment where you can follow along with the lesson videos without installing anything on your computer.