During the last few weeks I decided to learn some PHP since I’ve had some requests to work with joomla. For those that don’t know joomla is a opensource CMS built on PHP. Also PHP seems to be a big deal now a days, most of the jobs on freelance sites require you to know PHP and it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about another technology. So first thing I did was setup my dev environment. I downloaded XAMPP which is an all in one Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. Next since I’m a fan of eclipse I downloaded the eclipse PDT (PHP Development Tools Project). After that I found this very helpful article of how to configure the eclipse PDT and XAMPP as to have a working development environment on my PC. After having the development environment setup I searched for some PHP tutorials to go through and found w3schools.com had a very simple walkthrough of examples for PHP (PHP Tutorial). In the end I got a very good feel of what can be done with PHP and I feel comfortable digging into some more advanced code.