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CS 41 W — Beginning Programming: PHP

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 17—May 26
Drop Deadline: Apr 25
Unit: 1
Tuition: $405
Instructor(s): Eli Lev
Limit: 26
Status: Open
Apr 17—May 26
6 weeks
Drop By
Apr 25
1 Unit
Eli Lev

Have you ever wondered how professional web developers create their websites? In this hands-on course, students will explore the world of programming by learning the fundamental grammar and meaning of the PHP programming language. PHP is a computer scripting language that has been used for many years to produce dynamic web pages. Students will come away with a fundamental understanding of PHP that will be applicable to other programming languages. Topics covered will include language basics (syntax, semantics, data types), variable basics, control flow structures, functions, file handling, and ways to leverage others’ code through the use of libraries. By the end of the course, students will be able to write and build a program, and will be able to figure out how to solve a problem in a programmatic way.

No prior programming experience is necessary.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 26 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • Opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
    Students who take the course for Credit or a Letter Grade will earn CEUs. CEUs allow the student to receive an official transcript and a grade report as proof of completion.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Eli Lev, Technology Manager, Stanford Continuing Studies

Eli Lev received an MSEE from Johns Hopkins and has developed software for various government and private sector projects. He has taught continuing education courses at UC San Diego, Foothill College, and Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ellie Quigly with Marko Gargenta, PHP and MySQL by Example, 1st Edition (ISBN 0131875086)