Welcome to Programming II - with PHP and mySQL!
I'm excited to have you in this class, and look forward to challenging and interesting work with you. Please take some time to review the Syllabus and other course-related information, and be sure to ask questions on the class discussion forum. You can contact your instructor directly for personal issues, but please keep any conversation that will benefit your classmates on the public discussion forum.
PHP is one of the dominant web programming languages. While technically it's scripting, not programming (because it doesn't need compiling), that's a semantic point not really worth discussing. PHP runs on a webserver, and ties in with html and css as well as to different databases (usually mySQL) to create powerful, dynamic websites. Technically, "dynamic" doesn't mean cool or flashy, it means that the content is not static- but rather changes based on what the user is doing.
In this class you'll learn the basics of HTML and CSS and how they connect to each other- and then move quickly on to how PHP works with html to generate pages. Eventually we'll move on to connecting PHP to a database, so that values from web forms can be inserted into the database, edited, deleted, and read as well. We call this combination CRUD for Created, Read, Update, and Delete, and you'll learn basic SQL (Structured Query Language) in order to perform these actions.
This class will be intensive, and should be interesting, and will require a commitment on your part to IE (Ignore and Explore) in order to find what you need. Your instructor and classmates should be willing to help you, but you'll need to make your own judgements about how much time you need, and whether you can commit the time to be successful.