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PHP module H302
MVC, 4 layer model and templating
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Topics covered in this module
How to design and structure your application.
Model - View - Controller.
Top level, business logic, web helpers and template.
Objects - how and when to use them.
Handling the look and feel with DreamWeaver.
A little on database design.
Shopping cart applications.
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