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  • mindjuju 16:11 on Thursday, 6 December 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    December Geek Lunch – Shanghai Cafe @ 12:30p 

    Greets UPHPU!

    In addition to the Geek Lunch scheduled this Friday (info below), I’ve just been contacted by Mac Newbold of Code Greene about a PHP community event they are hosting!

    Called the Lunch-and-Learn, Code Greene offers a lunch and then a presents a topic. This week they’ve kindly synchronized with our Geek Lunch so that after the UPHPU event, you can go back to their place for a lesson!

    This week’s lesson is being taught by the Code Greene design team to talk about Graphic Design.

    The location for presentation is:

    Code Greene – Learn
    44 Exchange Place, SLC UT 84111
    350 South between state and main st
    enter from southbound State St on Exchange Place, or from westbound 400 S on Cactus St (~50 E)

    December 14th @ 12:30p
    Shanghai Café
    145 East 1300 South
    Salt Lake City, 84115

    Thanks again to Mac Newbold and Code Greene for his service to the community!


  • vuel egham 16:11 on Thursday, 6 December 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Looking for good intro programming training and theory 

    So I understand the basic of HTML, the concepts of CSS (even if I am still a newb that can’t write it from scratch) and a master of design (;)). But Wade suggested I get some good intro theory training before diving straight into PHP.

    Does anyone know of any good online courses or materials available for such a venture?

    • wade 21:55 on Monday, 10 December 2007 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The only non-academic one that I am aware of locally is the one offered by New Horizons.

    • MindCenter 10:24 on Friday, 14 December 2007 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The MindCenter is offering Intro to Programming (2667) on January 9. The information is listed below:
      Date: This class is scheduled to run January 9, 2008*
      Place: The MindCenter
      5505 S 900 E Plaza 1, Ste 225
      Salt Lake City, Utah 84117
      Course Length: 3 Days
      FULL COURSE OUTLINE AVAILABLE AT http://www.mindcenter.net/uploads/2667.pdf
      For more information or to REGISTER: 801-269-1300 or online http://www.mindcenter.net

    • algiepowers 16:07 on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I Googled “PHP training Salt Lake City” and ended up at this post. Per your suggestions, I looked into MindCenter and New Horizons, but there’s nothing scheduled in the immediate future. I even tried to check out a class at SLCC that seemed perfect (“Students learn to create E-Commerce solutions and Internet applications using XHTML, JavaScript, PHP, and MYSQL. Students will also be introduced to CGI and Java Applets.”) but it was cancelled due to lack of students.

      My situation may be similar to vuel’s. I’m proficient in HTML, can stumble around CSS, but feel lost when it comes to PHP. I’m a web designer and everytime I turn around these days I’m running to PHP . I really want to learn this stuff.

      I found an online tutorial site: http://apex.vtc.com/php.php For $30 a month you can go through as many tutorials as you can handle. Compared to these 2K training courses I was reading about, this seems too good to be true. But, they also sell CD versions of all their “classes” so maybe that’s where they make their money.

      So, my question is: What do you think of the idea of online training to learn PHP? Is it a matter of discipline, which makes sitting through a 5-day course more practical in the long run?

      I like this place. You should all go to lunch again. I’d come.

    • tworkman 16:23 on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not sure of what type of theory Wade suggested or what type of information you are looking for to start programming PHP. The recommendations I would make is to get a cheap book or go to zend.com and go through their tutorials as they are a good resource for new programmers. Another good avenue is to find someone who knows PHP well (most likely a lot of members here do) and see if you can trade some design work for PHP training, this works well as I am a horrible designer but a great coder. If you are looking for more certification type stuff you can checkout brainbench.com or even look at zend.com for their certification classes.

    • thebigdog 16:23 on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i would suggest getting some books first before spending the money on training classes, unless your work can fit the bill. I find that many classes are just going to follow what is popular in the latest books. Save some time and start with a great book first is mho.

    • algiepowers 17:10 on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice, guys! Also, trading design for training sounds like a awesome idea. Anybody interested, just let me know.

      So, I should start with a good book, then go from there, you say? Any specific book you can suggest would be appreciated. Heck, I’ll just go hang out at Barnes and Noble and see what’s out there. But, if you DO have a specific title that you know is decent, that would give me something to start with.

      Here’s where I’m at. It’s not like I want to start programming from scratch, but like twice now I’ve had clients that needed help with some PHP shopping cart they got for free. I had no clue. Plus, a lot of the contract work for interface designers requires some knowledge of PHP.

      So, when is everybody going to lunch again?

    • tworkman 23:14 on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The only books I have on PHP are from WROX publishing and they are PHP4 for gaining a basic understanding of PHP, MYSQL, some apache configuration some basic setup. Of course PHP4 has been replaced by PHP5 and PHP5 is now more object oriented (still not 100% in mho). But the PHP5 book by rocks is the PHP5 for professionals still a good beginners book to get. There are some other cookbook types written by other companies that I have browsed. To save some money I would go to borders and see what they have along with your local library find the ones you want then purchase used ones off of amazon.

    • wade 8:59 on Thursday, 10 January 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Speaking of books, I would like to remind everyone that UPHPU has a library of books that you can check out for free. We also have relationships with most major publishers and can usually get a copy of any book that interests you in exchange for a short review

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