Intro to PHP and MySQL (2-day Workshop)

Grand Circus - 1570 Woodward Avenue Detroit - View Map Girl Develop It Detroit
Apr 16 - 17, 2016, 1:00 PM (EDT)

About this event

Session #1: Saturday, April 16, 1:00 - 5:00
Session #2: Sunday, April 17, 1:00 - 5:00

PHP is the language that powers Facebook, Wikipedia, WordPress, and more--in fact, it is the most common server-side language on the web!

You can use PHP to build interactive, dynamic websites.

We will go over the basics of programming with PHP--variables, functions, loops, and more! 

We will also show you how to connect your code to a MySQL database. 

By the end of the class you will have a fully functional PHP website.

If you've got a working knowledge of HTML and CSS and have been looking to jump into the world of PHP & MySQL, this class is for you!  

Please download the following:

Welcome to into to PHP & MYSQL.  Please download the following:




Introduction to Server Side Languages and PHP
What is a server-side language? How is it different than client-side languages? What is PHP? Why is it so popular? What can it do? Learn the basic structure and syntax of PHP and manipulate variables. Begin using if-else and while loops.  

Introduction to MySQL
What is a MySQL database? Why are relational databases important? Who uses them? Why should I? Build a basic database in MySQL and add to it using PHP and HTML forms.  

Database Manipulation
Add, edit and delete content in your database. Learn how to manipulate different content types, including text, numbers, dates, and multimedia. Relate data across your database. Develop search functions. 

Advanced PHP
Create password protected information. Use PHP to dynamically customize the HTML or CSS in your webpages. Learn popular advanced PHP functions used in the real world. 


Students should be familiar & comfortable with basic HTML & CSS. 


This class will be taught by Randy Walker.

Grand Circus  
1570 Woodward Avenue, Level 3 
Detroit, MI 48226

NOTE: We are offering scholarships on a limited basis for students with financial need. Please complete our scholarship application if you are interested. Applications must be received by Friday, April 8. Scholarship recipients will be notified the Monday before the class.  

MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: If fewer than 12 students register for this workshop, GDI Detroit may postpone or cancel it.  In that event a refund or class credit will be available to any students who have paid to attend.  


Please bring your laptop and charger to all class sessions. Power strips & Wi-Fi will be provided. If you don't have a laptop, we may be able to lend you one thanks to our friends at Bizdom! Email us at to reserve.

We're here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact Erika Carlson (



April 16 - 17
1:00 PM (EDT)


Grand Circus
1570 Woodward Avenue Detroit