EasyPHP gets you up and running in just a few minutes.
By: Martin Ove
PHP has to be installed on a server, a fact that for a long time has kept me from learning the language. Luckily, I discovered EasyPHP, which does all the work for you in a few minutes.
And you’re set!
After following the introduction at EasyPHP.org, there should be no more obstacles between you and getting familiar with PHP.
Now, you can head over to the PHP Tutorial on W3Schools.com and start learning!
I’m not usually a fan of over-simplifying things. I’m sure that both the Apache server and the installation of PHP is quite doable, but in this case, there’s a point in taking a shortcut.
I’ve been working a lot with WordPress, which is written in PHP. It’s my experience that you’ll often come across issues, where some basic knowledge of PHP can be quite useful. An example could be simple string operators.
A while ago, I had to customize the line in the theme that says “Posted by [author] at [time and date]”. It was simple stuff, so there were no problems in fixing it, but I would have loved to know that the period sign joins strings in PHP, what the include function does and how the date module works in advance.