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Build Gamified Websites with PHP and jQuery

By : Detrick DeBurr
Book Image

Build Gamified Websites with PHP and jQuery

By: Detrick DeBurr

Overview of this book

Gamification involves the process of leveraging the features of real games into real life. A gamified website has the potential to increase user engagement, ROI, and learning. This book will help you build gamified websites with PHP and jQuery by making you understand the gamification design process to implement game mechanics in practical applications. Gamified websites are very popular amongst Internet users. The gamification of a web content draws users into action to empower them and help them develop new skills. Games engage user attention into the task and each task accomplished will mean the development and enhancement of new skills. This book will help you to apply the essence of games into real word applications such as business and education. Build Gamified Websites with PHP and jQuery aims at empowering and educating the users with an educational gamified website. The book walks through the process of developing a gamified website. Through the course of the book, you will learn gamification development process. The book emphasizes on the application of game mechanics to motivate the user. You will then use the Fogg behaviour model to influence the user behaviour. By the end of the book, you will see yourself building more engaging yet simple websites based on rational principles.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

The VuPoint application

Let's turn our attention again to our application code. We will start with the user interface aspect of our application. This is the code that handles the user's interaction with the application. Since this is a web application, this code will run in a web browser. JavaScript has become the de facto language for writing code that runs in a web browser.


As mentioned previously, we need to have a few places to write code. In the previous chapter this was mainly in the database. Here we're turning our attention to the server (PHP) and client (jQuery).

Before we go any further, let's create a directory structure for the VuPoint application inside the root (www) folder of our Wamp Server installation. This is what you should have when you're done:

jQuery is a popular open source JavaScript framework that allows us to search for (or query) items in browsers using Document Object Model (DOM) and interact with those items. Hence the name jQuery. One of the main advantages...