Beginner's Workshop

Jun 19 2010 12:00
Jun 19 2010 16:00

Cinema Room, The Hub @ Docklands, cnr Bourke St and Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

LUV Beginner's Workshop from 12 noon until 4pm on June 19.

The talk at 1pm will be Introduction to PHP by Kathy Reid.

In the general workshop format we intend to cover things like:

  • How should you partition your machine? Should you use LVM?
  • installing various linux distributions;
  • tweaking and configuring your system;
  • automatic backups;
  • home networking, including wireless;
  • setting up specific applications;
  • using specific applications;
  • the Linux problem you're having

Introduction to PHP by Kathy Reid

PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor is a powerful, open source scripting language that can be used to develop dynamic websites. This introductory level workshop is aimed at people who are interested in learning more about web development.

No programming background is assumed, but familiarity with the internet and HTML is.

The workshop will cover;

  • The difference between HTML and PHP
  • Why to choose PHP as a scripting language
  • The HTTP request response lifecycle (or 'how web servers work')
  • Basic statements in PHP
  • An overview of procedural programming in PHP
  • How PHP works with the MySQL database
  • An overview of commonly used PHP-based tools such as WordPress and Drupal and how to go about installing them
  • Using your web hosting provider's control panel to install PHP based tools
  • How to troubleshoot errors you might encounter
  • Where to go next to learn more about PHP

Kathy works full time for the IT Division of a regional university in the area of service improvement, and assists with the global PHPWomen group aimed at helping females learn and master PHP. She is passionate about freedom, technology and education, loves knitting and hates cats. She is @KathyReid on Twitter,, Facebook etc.

The Hub @ Docklands, 17 Waterview Walk, Docklands (near the corner of Bourke Street and Harbour Esplanade - look for the giant rabbit sculpture)
Melway reference: 2E H7

Parking can be found nearby. Coffee and breakfast are available just across the road. Wireless internet access is provided.

For those coming via Public Transport, the City Circle, number 48 (North Balwyn - Docklands) number 86 (Bundoora - Docklands) and number 70 (Wattle Park - Docklands) all stop on the corner of Bourke Street and Harbour Esplanade. Southern Cross Station is just across the overpass over Wurundjeri Road.

This workshop is free to attend and you do not need to register.


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beginners workshop June

Hi I have recently bought a netbook with linux on it and I want to connect it to the internet - I have a broadband stick thingy can anyone help me connect up on the 19th please

Re: beginners workshop June

Hi Kaye,

Yup, just bring the netbook and broadband stick along and we shall try to get you sorted.

Beginners Workshop Prerequisites

hey i have no experience using linux but am very interested in using it in the future. is this workshop designed for someone like me.
i guess what im trying to say is this workshop starting from the very start of using linux or are there anything i should know beforehand?
thanks, ben.

Re: Beginners Workshop Prerequisites - by Ben

The workshops assume you have a computer, but that's about it. If you have questions, just turn up and there will be someone to answer and/or help you :-)

The talks that are scheduled *can* assume some Linux knowledge, but that depends entirely on the talk in question.

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