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Not using the .= (e.g., $output .= "more text"; vs. $output = $output + "more text";) and ++ (e.g., $count++; vs. $count = $count + 1;) operators makes my brain hurt! :-)
Thanks for the recommendation. I am definitely going to take the Laravel course after I finish the PHP and MySQL courses.
While the code may not be concise, best practice or "modern PHP", it is still very helpful for beginners. Beginners need to see the long and detailed way before they can absorb the shortcuts.
Frameworks like Laravel are shortcuts that can only be understood once one has gone through the long/"old-fashioned" way.
Children learn additions and subtractions by hand before they use a calculator, because they first need to understand the concept. Nobody should use ++ before they understand that it really means + 1. It helps to write code the long way a few times to digest the materials.
I think Randy's approach makes sense pedagogically speaking. I hope TeamTreehouse will continue to pursue sound instructional design practices.