I intend to explore the most important and commonly used applications of php by developing a website which will incorporate these applications.
This could include: Providing a content management system using MySQL, creating secure contact forms, image galleries, and navigation guides.
This will provide me with working practice and experience of PHP and also provide me with a showpiece website to add to my portfolio.
I intend to use online and textbook tutorial(s) to find out what applications to incorporate into the website and to learn how to write them. To this end I have looked at a number of books on php and have a personal preference for 'PHP Solutions'by David Powers.
My resource list will contain:
1: PHP version 5.3: Open source
2: Apache local server: Open source
3: MySQL: Open source
4: Microsoft Notepad
5: Online tutorials: eg: PHP.net/manual, WC3 tutorials,
6: Text book: PHP solutions, By David Powers.
7: XHTML and CSS
8: A sketchbook and Digital Imaging software will be used for the website design.