The Web Site Development: PHP (Personal Home Page) Programmer Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the field of Web site design and development as a PHP Programmer.
PHP Programmers are responsible for making "interactive" portions of a Web site. This may include creating a shopping cart application, building pages from a database, or creating and processing feedback forms. Depending on the size of the project, the PHP programmer may also be responsible for the administration of the UNIX Web server and the creation or revision of a Web database.
Understanding how PHP can be used to enhance a Web site is a key element of the program. The program stresses a thorough understanding of HTML, C++, UNIX, SQL, PHP, and Web database. Students will be expected to deliver Web based solutions to business requirements.
This program stresses the practical application of Web development skills on real life projects. Students are expected to work in teams to create Web sites for non-profit organizations in Sonoma County. The PHP student will create a PHP script to be incorporated into the client Web site. The ability to work in a group, communicate with a client, resolve problems, meet deadlines, and understand the Web development cycle is just as important as understanding HTML or creating PHP code. This hands-on approach ensures that as students complete the program, they will have practical experience, as well as working Web sites to feature in an electronic portfolio.
A successful PHP Programmer exhibits a strong work ethic, perfectionist standards, patience, strong people skills and shows an attention to detail.
Job titles include PHP Software Developer, PHP Programmer, PHP Guru, Web Programmer, Web Developer.
More information about Computer and Information Sciences programs can be found at the Computer and Information Sciences Department Web site.