[nycphp-talk] if you were teaching PHP...

Ophir Prusak prusak at
Mon Jan 17 22:11:17 EST 2005

I won't repeat what other people have already said (which are great
answers) but I do have another angle to throw in the mix.

Most people will, at some point, will be involved with code that they
didn't write.

When I teach PHP, apart from the goal of teaching students how to
create their own applications, I also try to give them the knowledge
needed to understand other people's code. Either at a workplace, or
reading the source of an open source package.


On Mon, 17 Jan 2005 16:29:16 -0500 (EST), David Mintz
<dmintz at> wrote:
> I wonder if any of y'all care to opine about this:
> If you were teaching an introductory PHP course (no previous programming
> experience required) and you intended to cover some MySQL, would you teach
> the "classic" procedural mysql_xxxx API, mysqli, PEAR::DB, or some
> combination of the above?
> I taught this class last semester and spent some time on mysql_xxx,
> followed by PEAR::DB, but next time around I am tempted to require my
> victims to run MySQL 4.1 and learn about mysqli.
> Gratefully,
> ---
> David Mintz
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