Advanced PHP Programming | PHP with XML, Ajax, RESTful Services, Web Services, PHP Security Best Practices & More

Modern Web Development Series | Extending PHP Skills with Web Services, Security, Best Practices & More


Intermediate and Beyond

3 Days

Course Overview

Geared for experienced PHP web developers, Advanced PHP Programming is a hands-on course that provides students with the knowledge necessary to take their core PHP skills to an advanced. Students will learn how to process XML with PHP, work with SOAP and RESTful Web Services, use Ajax with PHP, extend PHP with PEAR, secure PHP applications and more.

Course Objectives

Working in a hands-on learning environment led by our expert practitioner, students will learn to:

  • Program in Object-Oriented PHP
  • Process XML with PHP
  • Create and Consume SOAP and RESTful Web Services
  • Use Ajax at the Back end of PHP Applications
  • Extend PHP with PEAR and explore the most useful PEAR modules
  • Secure PHP Applications | PHP Security
  • Master PHP Best Practices (Code management, Unit Testing, Documentation and more)

Course Prerequisites


This advanced-level course is for experienced PHP developers. Attending students should have prior experience building data driven PHP web applications.  


Take Before: Students should have skills equivalent to or should have recently attended the course(s) below as a pre-requisite:

  • TTDPHP2       Intermediate PHP Programming


Related Courses: PHP Training Series

Course Agenda


Lesson: Object-Oriented PHP

·        Building a Class

·        Constructors and Destructors

·        Working with Properties and Functions

·        Private, Protected, Public modifiers

·        Inheritance

·        Interfaces


Lesson: PHP XML Support

·        Simple XML Object

·        Executing XPath Queries

·        DOM Interoperability

·        Using XPath

·        XSLT and PHP



Lesson: PHP Web Services

·        Web Services Technology Stack

·        Web Services with PHP

·        Working with PHP and WSDL

·        PHP and SOAP

·        Debugging Web Services



Lesson: RESTful Web Services with PHP

·        REST vs SOAP

·        Consuming Services

·        Creating Services

·        Debugging RESTful Web Services


Lesson: Ajax with PHP

·        Ajax Overview

·        Ajax on the Server

·        Ajax on the Client

·        JSON, Ajax and PHP


Lesson: Extending PHP with PEAR

·        Finding packages on PEAR

·        Installing PEAR packages

·        Updating PEAR packages

·        Uninstalling PEAR packages

·        PECL


Lesson: PHP and Security

·        General PHP security

·        Data Validation

·        Protecting against SQL Injection

·        Thwarting Cross-site Scripting

·        Sensitive Data Management


Lesson: PHP Best Practices

·        Code management

·        Code style

·        Documentation

·        Security

·        Unit testing


Course Materials

Our course materials include more than a simple slideshow presentation handout. Each student will receive a comprehensive course Student Guide, complete with detailed course notes, code samples, software tutorials, diagrams and related reference materials and links. Our courses also include detailed our Student Workbook, with step by step hands-on lab instructions and project files (as necessary) and solutions, clearly illustrated for users to complete hands-on work in class, and to revisit to review or refresh skills at any time.  Students will also receive the course set up files, project files (or code, if applicable) and solutions required for the hands-on work.

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