I am a little new to this stuff but have done a few research regarding PHP.
Currently, I am trying to learn PHP to allow a web portal to interact with data stored on MySQL database.
In other words, lets say I have a website that displays information by retrieving data from a MySQL database via PHP. That means I would need to practice writing PHP scripts to do that.
I have read a few places with varying answers, so I will ask for a recommendation here:
I am using Windows 7 and I am wondering which program and what I need to go about starting this? (For example, if you write Java, you might want to download Eclipse to be able to practice writing Java code).
For PHP, there are two things I am concerned with right now in terms of learning and seeing does my code work:
1: It is not clear what I need to be able to test the code for its correctness and also...
2: Be able to run it on a MySQL database and see can I output data properly to a website.