Mar 06

PHP What to Learn? When are you an Expert?

Check your PHP Knowledge
Do you know all of the following concepts? If not - why don't you learn? Know all of them and claim yourself to be an expert in PHP. How to go about learning? First know all the concepts. Then go to the details of each topic. Learning the concepts are first priority. why? if you know the concepts, you will know what you should use to solve the problem at hand. Then explore the topic and solve the problem.

PHP Basics

  • Syntax
  • Operators
  • Variables
  • Constants
  • Control Structures
  • Language Constructs and Functions

Functions

  • Syntax
  • Arguments
  • Variables
  • References
  • Returns
  • Variable Scope

Arrays

  • Enumerated Arrays
  • Associative Arrays
  • Array Iteration
  • Multi-Dimensional Arrays
  • Array Functions
  • SPL

Object Oriented Programming

  • Instantiation
  • Modifiers/Inheritance
  • Interfaces
  • Exceptions
  • Static Methods & Properties
  • Autoload
  • Reflection
  • Type Hinting
  • Class Constants

Security

  • Configuration
  • Session Security
  • Cross-Site Scripting
  • Cross-Site Request Forgeries
  • SQL Injection
  • Remote Code Injection
  • Email Injection
  • Filter Input
  • Escape Output

XML and Web Services

  • XML Basics
  • SimpleXML
  • XML Extension
  • Xpath
  • Webservices Basics
  • SOAP
  • REST

Strings and Patterns

  • Quoting
  • Matching
  • Extracting
  • Searching
  • Replacing
  • Formatting
  • PCRE

Databases and SQL

  • SQL
  • Joins
  • Analyzing Queries
  • Prepared Statements
  • Transactions
  • Database Design
  • Normalization
  • RDBMS
  • Replication/Reporting

Web Features

  • Sessions
  • Forms
  • GET and POST data
  • Cookies
  • HTTP Headers

Streams and Network Programming

  • Files
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • File System Functions
  • Streams

PHP 4/5/6 Differences

  • Object Orientation
  • E_STRICT
  • References vs. Object Handles

Design and Theory

  • IDesign Patterns
  • Code Reuse
  • OOP Theory
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