http://www.phpactiverecord.org A Resource for PHP Programmers of All Levels Wed, 25 Nov 2020 21:02:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 The Vast Benefits Of The PHP Programming Language http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=73 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 21:02:46 +0000 http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=73 Continue reading "The Vast Benefits Of The PHP Programming Language"]]> PHP is one of the world’s most popular open source server-side scripting languages. Ideally, the design came into existence in 1994, by Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP has been developing since then, the leading Social Networking Sites, such as, Facebook, and world renowned organizations, such as, Harvard University, both have PHP-based systems. “PHP” is a recursive acronym, which stands for “Hypertext Pre-Processor”. It was earlier an acronym for “Personal Home Pages”. It is used for development of both Static and Dynamic Web Applications or Websites. It must be noted here that PHP scripting may interpret on PHP servers only. But client computers that access PHP scripts need just a web browser. The client applications do not need to have PHP installed. PHP can be embed in HTML pages. But PHP is a scripting language, which is used mostly for routine tasks, hence the necessity to embed it in other languages. A script is a programming instruction set which is interpreting at runtime. Programming languages require compilation before execution, but Scripting languages do not need compilation. No compiling is necessary to execute PHP, and this leads to high speed of operation. The large fan following of PHP by the community of Web Developers means that the benefits of the PHP programming language should be carefully studied as below.

The Benefits of PHP Programming Language is multifold, and some are enumerated below:

  • PHP is Open Source, and is developed and maintained by a large community. Its powerful support base ensures problem solving on a continuous basis, as each member consciously attempts to participate in the process to upgrade and further develop applications.
  • PHP is free of cost. It has flexible cross-platform capability. It can work across several major platforms like UNIX, Macintosh and Microsoft Windows.
  • PHP has Syntax similarities with C and Java. Beginners who know either can easily master the basics of PHP, and start using and implementing PHP, in a short period of time.
  • A large range of Data Bases which includes MySQL, MS Access, and Oracle, are supported by PHP. PHP is also capable of interacting with many other services which use protocols, such as, POP3, NNTP, SNMP, HTTP, LDAP, COM, and IMAP.
  • PHP is a weakly-typed language and does not require explicit or clear statements of intent. This allows PHP to be extremely fast, flexible and practical.
  • PHP is a highly efficient Web Language. This is because it functions with built-in URLs and HTML. Thus, it is able to access other web-based tools easily, such as, Google Maps.
  • PHP can run on almost any available Web Server at any time. It has comprehensive library support on offer, such as, ‘GD Library’ and ‘Ming’. It also has extensions which provide extra functionality like Image Processing and Graphic Design.
  • PHP can add dynamic content to Web Pages.
  • Web Content Management System and Web Applications are the dominant areas under PHP.
  • PHP 5.6.0 offers brand new features, such as, Variadic Functions, Contact Scalar Expressions, Function and Content Importing, Uploads of large file sizes and so on.
  • PHP has easy Authentication System. Complex websites can be developed in a simple and hassle-free manner, which makes this an ideal solution for web owners around the world.
  • PHP is a top-notch platform for sending in-app mails to people via a Cloud-base or a neighborhood service. This is executed through the renowned SwiftMailer Library.
  • PHP is cross platform. All PHP based applications can run on various types of platforms. PHP can effortlessly integrate with Apache and MySQL, as well as Java. This results in enormous money saving on large applications.
  • Since PHP is extensively used on the Internet, it needs to be able to connect to Data Bases quite often. For this purpose, PHP has a built-in module for ease of connection. This is the reason that, when Data-driven Websites are developed, there is great demand for PHP. PHP is therefore specially suited for efficient Data Base management systems.
  • PHP does not require any intensive study of manuals to commence using and executing it. The names of the commands are so created that it is easy to understand the command functions. Even beginners who are familiar with C, can easily Code in PHP.
  • One of the most important requirements of a Web Development Project is that it should not be time consuming. Much time is consumed by loading functions. People from across the world prefer fast loading websites. PHP has been found to be the fastest Programming Language of all. Again, on the subject of time, Programming Languages that take the shortest time to connect to Data Bases are always preferred. PHP performs these set of tasks faster than any other Scripting Language.
  • Because PHP is Open Source, it is readily available and is also entirely free.
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How to Learn PHP For Free http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=12 Mon, 29 Jul 2019 23:09:27 +0000 http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=12 Continue reading "How to Learn PHP For Free"]]> The evolution of software and programming means we continue to see newer developments, additions and improvements in the programming languages as well the frameworks that implement them. The software industry is constantly evolving and there are new languages as well as tools that are being added for the modern requirements. However the PHP coding language still remains one of the most widely used owing to its utility in the dynamic web pages. If you work on websites or interested about it then you must consider learning PHP and how it is deployed.

Learning PHP For Free

Before we see how you can learn PHP for free let us have a brief look at what exactly PHP is and what can one expect when learning the language. PHP is a coding language that is built for the purpose of creation of dynamic web pages and it basically runs on server side. The majority of the scripts and websites are made using the PHP. The web hosts are often provided with the list of the one-click-install scripts. The PHP is ideal for you if you want to enable the creation of a plug-in for the WordPress or want to work with same script that runs the Wikipedia. Speaking in practical terms almost all the dynamic hosts make use of the PHP and it is very and straight forward to use it. PHP though does comes with its own issues such as inconsistencies, quirks and messy syntax. However there have been improvements to the PHP over a period of time and if you want to create dynamic web pages then this is a good language to learn.

If you want to design a website then you will find that there are a number of freelance developers who will offer to do the job for you. However that means you will have a stranger designing your site with no interest in its long term efficiency or security. However by obtaining the basic information and knowledge about the PHP and its functions so that you can handle the stability and security of your own website. Learning PHP will also help you in gaining important knowledge about the various customizations that you can do on the website and enhancements that you can apply for optimized results.

PHP can be very useful for your web development requirements as it is able to collect data, do calculations and analyze the important bits of other data. It is similar to the HTML in certain aspects as the PHP enables flexibility in the creation of pages and their content by creating simple fragments of the code. When these fragments of the code are assembled they allow various changes throughout the multiple pages with the timely and convenient changes. The PHP also allows new levels of customization and functionality that other markup languages such as HTML can’t offer, even though you don’t get sweeping and fast changes to the layout of the page with PHP.

As is the case with various other web languages you don’t need special programs or the tools for coding it properly. A simple text editor is a powerful tool when it comes to coding with the PHP. There are some other tools and applications available that will help you with the syntax and warn you of potential errors so that you enjoy an error free coding experience with the PHP. However the majority of the scripts that are required for most of the web applications you only need a simple text editor like notepad.

PHP is the second most popular web development language just behind the HTML and thus you will find plenty of resources both online as well as offline to learn the language. If you want to learn PHP for free then there are a number of resources available online that allow you to download the tutorials and learn the PHP language in a simple and effective manner. When you are learning from the tutorials it is important to have training packages and test case scenarios to fully establish what you have learnt and understand how much concept you have exactly grasped.

The test material and mock tests are important pieces of content that help you measure your progress when learning a new language. If you just choose to go through the tutorial without testing the concept in different scenarios then it is possible that you might not have grasped the full concept properly. There is one easy way to test your knowledge and the depth of your learning and that is by taking various test case scenarios and solving them.

On the internet you will find plenty of free resource material for learning PHP from different sources such as learn-php.org amongst others who provide quality content for the interested people.

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Different Coding Languages http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=59 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:02:05 +0000 http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=59 Continue reading "Different Coding Languages"]]> The development and evolution of the software industry has transformed and impacted almost every aspect of human life. Thus it is no wonder that the demand for software jobs and coding remains high as there is a constant requirement for high skilled coders that can develop and deploy efficient software systems for the multiple daily life operations. There are various coding languages that are used extensively and some not as common. Some of the most popular and widely used coding languages include Java, C, C#, PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl, SQL and Swift. Each of these languages are implemented in different applications and systems based on the requirements as well as the framework.

Documenting and understanding the various coding languages

Let us have a look at some of these coding languages, their characteristics and where are they mostly used.

java programming language

Java: Java is one of the most fundamental and widely used coding language across the software and it is used in multiple applications as well as software systems across the board. Java is used in multiple mobile based applications, desktop enterprises, android apps and various other enterprise level applications. Java is similar to the C# in the sense that both are optimized for coders and implement stricter regulations to avoid programming mistakes. The code in Java must be compiled on a lower level code before you can run it and all the variables must be declared with the name and the type. The Java programming language implements a methodology or a philosophy known as the “Object Oriented Programming” and it requires that all the code must belong to the object.

People that use the Java programming language typically use a form of IDE, also known as integrated development environment, for building their code and it provides them multiple tools as well as features to help them with their programming. Some of the amazing features that you get with integrated development environment is suggestions for auto completion, automatic highlighting and detection of the errors. Some of the rules in the Java language or code will ensure that the certain type of errors are detected before you even run the code. This is particularly helpful and of great assistance when you are programming or coding any development language. Java is generally not used for the compilation of simple scripts and it is not as widely used for the quick creation of the dynamic websites. Some of the amazing benefits that coders get when they code their programs in Java programming language includes the power of portability that Java offers within the network. The source code is compiled in the bytecode that can anywhere within the network, either the server or the client that has the JVM which is Java virtual machine. Java is object oriented and the coding that you get in Java is robust. Java also offers the tools for the security of the data and the applets in Java provide flexibility. Also the Java programming language is easy to learn and implement with its syntax somewhat similar to the C++. The major platforms that are used by the developers for writing their Java codes include Java SE, Java EE and Java ME.

php programming language

PHP: PHP is a coding language that is built for the purpose of creation of dynamic web pages and it basically runs on server side. The majority of the scripts and websites are made using the PHP. The web hosts are often provided with the list of the one-click-install scripts. The PHP is ideal for you if you want to enable the creation of a plug-in for the WordPress or want to work with same script that runs the Wikipedia. Speaking in practical terms almost all the dynamic hosts make use of the PHP and it is very straight forward to use it. Many of the best hookup sites are built using PHP as well. This is important to note as adult dating sites require a lot of person to person interaction and reliance on databases. PHP though does comes with its own issues such as inconsistencies, quirks and messy syntax. However there have been improvements to the PHP over a period of time and if you want to create dynamic web pages then this is a good language to learn.

C#: The C# can be referred to as “Microsoft’s Java”. While the C# doesn’t offer the same support for multiple platform like Java does but it does work well with the other offerings of the Microsoft. If you are working in a Microsoft application environment then it makes sense to use and deploy the C# language. Recently Microsoft has started to consciously open source the C# and the associated technologies. If you are looking to work on Windows applications then C# is a good language to learn.

Python: Python is a programming language that is made for general purposes and not specifically for the web like is the case with JavaScript and PHP. Python is pretty simple and straightforward to learn so that even a beginner can start coding using this language.

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Popular PHP Frameworks Worth Knowing http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=68 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 23:30:00 +0000 http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=68 Continue reading "Popular PHP Frameworks Worth Knowing"]]> Working in the IT industry means you’re either a developer, an engineer, but overall you need to learn how to code. That is the entire basis of this industry, in order to create programs you need to be able to code, and this goes for everything. All of those sites, and apps that you go on have to be coded in order to execute all those functions that you do. But the thing is coding isn’t the easiest of things. It would take time and practice to learn, and when you do you’ll be ripping through it.

Now one of the main issues that developers have is repetitive coding, you would need use the same code once again in another place, but retyping it in again is just useless. You’d be wasting time. So what the best way to solve this issue? Well through frameworks, if you get the most popular PHP frameworks you would have no issues with repetitive coding.

What is this?

Before we get on to the actual frameworks you need to be aware of what this is, especially if you have never heard of it, or you’re thinking of becoming a developer. So first of all a PHP framework is a platform that’s aids in developing applications, in other words you could say that it is a structure. It will ensure that the connection you have is stable. What it will do is erase the repetitive steps of coding, which will prove for a better more efficient coding system.

Many people use this because it makes the development process faster, it will reuse codes from similar projects, so you won’t have to end up typing each and everyone. The next reason why many people use this is because of the stability, even though PHP language is good, the security extent of it is not as up to the level as it should be, breakdowns could occur. So to fix this and tie up the loose ends the frameworks are used. And finally the availability of framework is extensive, there are many suppliers and you can even use your own.

What to look for when choosing a framework?

When choosing a good frame work you have to know a couple of things, you also have to know what you want. Because you can’t go in there without knowing what you want, you could end up choosing the wrong one for you. What you have to consider is whether or not they support different kids of databases. You would also have to consider if your database server will work with that type of database. Moreover your framework should have a strong community support that means that the activities being done should be helpful to all the ones around you. It is not just about the size of the framework. You should also look for documentation support. Make sure that the framework is able to keep good up-to-date documentation that is user friendly. Your framework should also have Model View Controller Architecture, this is needed in a framework, it is what handles everything. So if you don’t have it with you take a quick look. And this is everything you need to know before you choose get a PHP framework.

What is the best?

Now it’s 2020, so that means technology should be up to date, and advanced so what are the most popular PHP frameworks? Well let’s take a look.

  • Laravel: this is an open source which follows MVC model.
  • CodeIgniter: this is good for beginners.
  • FuelPHP: this is a flexible framework that has both MVC, and HMVC, this is good because it uses up less memory.
  • Phalcon: this is a high performance framework that was first meant for C++, it has innovative features that you can’t miss out on.
  • Symfony: this is great for large scale web projects.
  • CakePHP: this is an open source web development program, all it need is a server and a copy of the framework.
  • Yii Framework: this is an object oriented framework, and is based on the “Don’t repeat yourself or DRY” concept. It is easy to install, and has high extensibility.
  • Zend Framework: this is completely based on object-oriented, it offer high customisability.
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Web Design Trends To Watch http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=49 Sun, 06 Jan 2019 01:21:14 +0000 http://www.phpactiverecord.org/?p=49 Continue reading "Web Design Trends To Watch"]]> Web design continues to be one of the most popular, common and in demand software development profiles even. There are multiple web design jobs across the industry and thus the demand for web design developers remains high. However the web design industry has witnessed several changes over the years and it has evolved hugely from the earlier times. With each there are always new trends that hit the market and are the flavor of the season. The year has seen its own trends and patterns when it comes to web design development.

Charting Web design trends

Every year witnesses different web design patterns and trends based on what’s working during that period of time. Let us have a look at some of the web design trends that have made a mark in 2019.

3D illustration: The brands like Stripe and Pitch have continued their push for the 3D illustration in the modern web design trends. The web designers are looking to provide realism as well as depth to the graphics so that it can blur the boundaries between the physical and the digital spheres. This also sharpens contrast between humans and digital content as it brings together the imaginary spaces where people manipulate and grasp the digital elements. 3D illustration is a very intuitive way of capturing the attention of the website readers and thus it is going to remain one of the web design trends that we will see popping up across different websites in various spaces.

Typography based layouts: Typography has always been one of the most fundamental aspects of the web design and now with the advancement of the technology the developers have got higher level of freedom and expression with experimenting with the typography. Words now assume the physical presence in terms of design as a form of structural component around which rest of composition flows. One of the primary uses of the typography is to highlight the treatment of the Letterforms as the form of graphic elements, applying effects, animations and deformations and combining the different styles as well as weights with different in the same paragraph.

Black and white palettes: Admittedly color is one of the most important factors of any website as it cultivates a unique style, mood and symbolizes a brand by creating the visual landmarks. The year has witnessed the black and white design making an impressive statement in the various websites that we see. Color is how we come to see the world and absorb the lights. When those vibrant colors are missing we see the world in a different perspective as the shapes and textures become clearer which makes the world appear slower. White is considered to be reserved and clean whereas black is the strong and assertive. When you combine these two you get a stunningly striking look. The biggest impact that the black and white designs and styles have is by combining the minimum amounts of the color. Addition of accent color will break up sea of monochrome and make calls to action as well as interest points leap out. This design trend celebrates minimalism and keeps it simple which is sometimes a powerful tool for certain websites.

Natural organic shapes: The web pages are typically made for systematic grids however web designer are focusing their attention on the natural shapes as well as smooth lines. Geometric structures like rectangles, squares and the triangles form sharp corners and that creates the pattern of stability however the trends of 2019 are more focused on comfort and accessibility. Since the organic shapes are naturally asymmetrical and imperfect they provide depth to the web pages which makes the page components to stand out. While they may be based in the nature the free-drawn elements as well as components are able to capture the spontaneity of the man-made accidents like paint splatter. The target is for the web design components to feel alive and human through illusion of the moment

Micro-interactions: The micro-interactions are basically events that have one purpose which is to surprise the users and enable the creation of an event which is human and inviting. For instance every time whenever you take a small action on any app or website, you get a specific response to that which is known as the micro-interaction. Like when you check the social media sites for updates and you see the red icon displaying notification count or messages then that action is called the micro-interaction. The “It’s A Match” animation on Tinder, the “hookup” on Fuckbook, the “Boom” on Bumble; these are all examples of powerful micro-transactions. They trigger a familiar response of affirmation. The year is likely to see more interactive incarnations of these micro-interactions to an even higher degree. This is because the micro-interactions help engage the audience with subtle dynamic messages and actions that also make the web pages more interactive and smart. The value of engagement only continues to soar so expect to see more websites utilizing micro-interactions throughout their sites.

Video content: The integration of the videos on web pages is fairly common however you are likely to see increased video content on the web pages as they help in diversifying the page and cater to the specific audience.

Mobile Optimization: Web browsing is happening more and more everyday via mobile devices, whether that be on tablets or smartphones. Web developers are taking into account how their sites look and function in this capacity. Search engines like Google are taking this into account and websites that are more optimized for mobile devices are gaining authority. Although many aspects of a website are directly transferable to smaller screens, many are not. Designs and functions tailored to look appealing and function efficiently on the mobile screen will be far more common this year.

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