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PHP course offerings in high demand through PSAI

The PHP and Zend Framework courses available to faculty members are among the most popular resources available through the IBM Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI). Requests for these courses have grown over the last several years, with over 55 colleges and universities schools now teaching PHP concepts, skills, and courses developed by Rogue Wave Software Zend and PHP experts.

Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) language has been around since the birth of the commercial internet and is frequently used with both commercial packages and in-house projects. It is one of the most popular languages designed for solving problems on the web. In fact, PHP is installed on 80 percent of all internet-connected servers and runs (in some aspect) on more than 50 percent of all domains.

Learning PHP is advantageous for students because it adds a valuable skill that can be applied to a variety of information technology jobs upon graduation. PHP can be embedded into HTML Zend Server distributions that run both on IBM i and Linux on Power Systems.

If PHP is not part of your current information technology or computer science curriculum, now is the time to consider teaching this valuable skills set. Your students and potential employers will certainly benefit. Below is the current menu of PHP and Zend Framework course offerings available through the PSAI:

  1. PHP I Foundations for IBM i: Designed specifically for IBM i professionals, this course provides RPG/ILE programmers with a solid foundation in the PHP language. IBM Power Systems developers and administrators will receive an overview of the PHP language and main concepts, allowing them to drive application modernization and bring the power of web and mobile development to the IBM i platform.
  2. PHP Fundamentals I: Designed to provide beginner programmers with a solid foundation in the PHP language, this course guides students through the basics of PHP with an experiential approach, filled with numerous examples and hands-on exercises, including substantial practice in coding parts of a fully functional application.
  3. PHP Fundamentals II: This course is designed to teach intermediate PHP developers the higher-level concepts, including a detailed introduction to object-oriented programming. Students will be able to use advanced language and web development methodologies to create more advanced web-based PHP and mobile back-end applications.
  4. Zend Framework Fundamentals I: This course is designed for intermediate to advanced PHP developers who have a solid foundation in the PHP language and object-oriented programming. Students will learn how to leverage the power of Zend Framework to build well-designed, scalable and maintainable web applications quickly and competently.
  5. Zend Framework 2: Advanced Concepts: Designed for proficient PHP programmers with practical experience and familiarity with Zend Framework 2 (ZF2), this course perfects student skill sets and allows them to master Zend Framework 2. The course is designed around a series of common use cases, guiding developers in how to use ZF2 to meet the challenges of each situation by making their code more robust, streamlined and secure.

To obtain one or all these courses for your curriculum, send an email to: powerskills@us.ibm.com. Please include the specific name(s) of the course(s) you are requesting. You can also order all five courses via the IBM Power Systems storefront at OnTheHub. Also, remember to visit the PSAI website often for the latest updates to our program.