Before you begin to learn PHP, it might be wise to take a moment to plan your approach to learning the language.
Professional developers that have learned PHP have spent a significant number of hours learning their craft. To emulate them, you will need to ensure that you are motivated to do the same, and ideally able to learn PHP quickly and efficiently. The slower and more inefficient your learning methods, the longer it will take for you to get a job in PHP development or build the application you have in mind.
An even worse consequence of a slow and inefficient learning approach is that you will be more likely to give up on studying! Research conducted by Harvard and MIT universities found that only 4% of students that sign up for online courses complete them.
So, how can I help you avoid becoming another one of the 96% of people who give up?
Well, I’ve put together a list of 10 tips to help you learn PHP. The tips should help you approach learning PHP effectively, keep you motivated, and also avoid some potential difficulties.
Let’s get right to ‘em!
Table of Contents
- 1 Tip 1 – Be confident you want to learn PHP
- 2 Tip 2 – Keep your projects in mind
- 3 Tip 3 – Learn HTML first
- 4 Tip 4 – Active learning over passive
- 5 Tip 5 – Don’t be afraid to break things
- 6 Tip 6 – Turn on Error Reporting in PHP.ini
- 7 Tip 7 – Be careful with the syntax
- 8 Tip 8 – Keep your code readable
- 9 Tip 9 – Try to solve problems yourself
- 10 Tip 10 – Understanding jargon