How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Code

I am gave a brief lightning talk at April’s WordPress DC Meetup on the basics of HTML and PHP (“coding for dummies”). The goal: learn how to avoid breaking your website if you edit it. Below are the slides.

The Cliff’s Notes are

  • The process

    • The server executes PHP and outputs HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.Screenshot of the presentation showing the relationship between server, browser, and user
    • The user’s browser takes that output and renders a visual representation of the page
  • Client-side Languages

    • HTML – Static (unchanging) content; provides structure
    • CSS – Provides style and form
    • JavaScript – Provides interactivity
  • PHP – Wrapped with “php” and “?>

    • Variable - Text, a number, true/false, or a group of variable; identified by “$
    • If Statement – performs an action if a statement is true
    • While Loop – performs an action while a statement is true
    • For / Foreach – combines elements of while and if
    • Functions – predefined set of actions; always followed by “( )
    • Don’t forget semicolons

Thanks to all who came out or tuned into the live stream. Comments? Questions? I’d love to hear your thoughts below or feel free to contact me.

benbalter

Ben Balter is a Senior Manager of Product Management at GitHub, the world’s largest software development network, where he oversees the platform’s Community and Safety efforts. Named one of the top 25 most influential people in government and technology, Fed50’s Disruptor of the Year, and winner of the Open Source People’s Choice Award, Ben previously served as GitHub’s Government Evangelist, leading the efforts to encourage government at all levels to adopt open source philosophies for code, data, and policy development. More about the author →

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