<p>To be more specific the Java class would be an intro to programming class. Is it ok to take PHP&MySQL without any prior programming experience besides HTML?</p>
<p>Why don't you go along with the curriculum guideline for your intended major?</p>
<p>Well.. PHP is like an easier version of Java. Infact, if you know Java you should be able to learn PHP and MySQL easily on your own. I would say that you should not take both at the same time though, as some things you might not understand and may conflict with what is being taught in other classes. I can think of a few cases in which this would be problematic, since Java is kind of crappy in some ways and PHP is kind of crappy in some ways and you'd have a big crappy ole time figuring out all the quirks in em until you really have a good grasp of what object oriented programming really is.</p>
<p>A reply to Khoiey's post . . . </p>
<p>If I'm thinking of civil engineering , Is there any specific programming course to take ?</p>
<p>Here at PSU they require you to take either C or Fortran for most engineering majors.</p>
<p>It will be three "languages" for someone who has no programming experience to learn.
I don't see how PHP is easier. It's quite personal actually. Hahaa....</p>
<p>I think PHP can be a headache when you start dealing with real application.
<p>And khoiey, PSU you meant penn state? It is interesting! I thought most schools find students would be more beneficial if they learn languages such as C++, Java and Python.</p>
<p>But Fortran and C :0 interesting.</p>
<p>Yes it is Penn State. Sorry I mean C++ or FORTRAN for the rest of engineering majors beside Comp Science/Engineering.</p>
<p>Would it be a good idea? I don't know what your major is, but maybe. If you're CS it would be beneficial to know PHP and MySQL. If you're CompE it might be a bit beneficial, maybe. For all other majors I don't see it being that useful.</p>
<p>I assume you would be taking two programming classes at the same time? For some people, programming classes can take up a substantial amount of time. If you don't have any programming experience you have no way of gauging whether or not you'll "get it" quickly in your programming classes. You could end up with a much higher workload than you'd want.</p>
<p>The PHP and MySQL class would be more like an introduction not an intense programming class according to the course catalog I think. I'm supposed to learn PHP programming later for web programming.</p>
<p>I wouldn't really take php and mysql for now along with java.
Easiness is subjective.
I look at the Harvard's CS 50, and my friend who had taken C++ in high school said he suffered in CS 50. I don't know why, but I did a couple problems he had, and to me they were quite simple.</p>
<p>PurdueEE knows more than I do, and you should really re-think about it.
When you think it's an easy course, remember that you will always try to get as many as points as you get. This mean that you will spend extra times writing, and rewriting codes.</p>
<p>Also, introduction class is not a guarantee that it is an easy class. Classes are taught by human being. They can be one your hater list. </p>
<p>What are other courses that you are planning to take along with Java, and PHP?</p>
<p>Advanced Web publishing, which would probably cover CSS and some more HTML.</p>
<p>So you are planning at least, Java, PHP&MySQL, and Advance web design (advance HTML & CSS)? And that's all?</p>
<p>What year are you in college? Just out of curiosity.</p>
<p>Very cool courses. Haahahaha. I guess if you really have the confident, and has a plan in your mind, then I don't think they are that bad. But can be brain killer (because you have learn them all under pressures, and then apply them</p>