Course description

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of programming via the lens of web development using PHP. We start by learning about basic programming paradigms such as data types, variables, conditionals, loops, functions, classes, and more. Next, we apply these concepts to build simple web applications that involve form processing and basic database interaction. In addition to coding, students are also introduced to universal programming tools such as command line, Git version control, and server management. Emphasis is also placed on troubleshooting strategies and technical communication. While we primarily work with PHP, we address how the concepts were working with apply to other web-capable programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, Ruby, and Java. Additionally, we take a broad look at numerous tools and frameworks used on the web (WordPress, Drupal, Node.js, Laravel, Angular, React, and Vue.js) and learn about when and how each tool is most appropriate. By looking at the field as a whole, students leave this course with a big picture understanding of the many technologies used on the web, so that they can make informed decisions on what courses to take next and what tools to use in their next project.


Associated Schools

  • Harvard Extension School

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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