I just started working with Drupal and want to develop my own themes. What is the least complicated way to learn enough PHP to do this?
Thanks so much-
As I recall, Drupal themes have very little PHP in them - mostly XML. I mean, it couldn't hurt to know a lot of php, but I don't think you need to know much aside from how to interface with their template class. Check out this guide: http://tips.webdesign10.com/how-to-make-a-drupal-theme
To answer your question, though: Download someone else's theme - a simple one. Look at all the code and maybe even make some changes to see how it effects things on the site. Maybe try a few themes - some that are more sophisticated. After you've learned to edit someone else's code, it's pretty easy to design a very basic template to go off of when making your own code. The best way to learn is through experience.
In any case, this guide should have enough info for you to make a Drupal theme with: http://us3.php.net/tut.php
And a good source for code snippets and reference is: http://www.w3schools.com/PHP/DEfaULT.asP http://www.tizag.com/phpT/ - I use those two sites all the time - even if it's just to look up something simple that I just forgot how to do.
Good luck, my friend! Let us know if you make anything cool or need any help with the code itself