Programming recommendation

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I am wanting to learn how to program and design a dynamic website. I've done a number of static ones with dreamweaver and a few other templates. I now would like to build a membership style website similar to a dating website something like let's say plentyoffish.com but for a different purpose. Would PHP with mysql be able to do this, or am I looking in the wrong direction? Any recommendations?
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  • Profile picture of the author soon
    why not just buy an already available script and then code additional features (if you need more than just what the script has to offer, btw these scripts come packed with features and don't even cost that much)
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  • Profile picture of the author prtt75
    PHP Mysql,XML,AJAX, CSS... combine them all and you can build any high profit website you can imagine.
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    • Profile picture of the author tomcat_meow
      I figured PHP and Mysql was the trick. Now is there any recommendations on the best of the best tutorial book out there on the PHP and Mysql programming? I've just signed up to hostagator and am about to start on the learning curve with what info I can find on the net.
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  • Profile picture of the author LessThanWeb
    What i recommend to new people in the PHP world is two sites:

    w3schools.com/php/default.asp

    and of course

    php.net

    First one shows the basic stuff while the other one is the manual from PHP guys for PHP.
    And also helps to have a guy that you can ask for things that you don't understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author lisag
    I downloaded PHP scripts from HotScripts.com and studied how things were done. It was a great help to be able to run a script, watch it execute and then study the underlying code.
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    • Profile picture of the author HomeComputerGames
      Originally Posted by lisag View Post

      I downloaded PHP scripts from HotScripts.com and studied how things were done. It was a great help to be able to run a script, watch it execute and then study the underlying code.

      I agree with this. Sometimes it is just best to jump in and start doing in order to learn swiftly. You also get the benefit of learning coding conventions.
      Plus with hands on learning the knowledge will stick with you better.
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    • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
      Originally Posted by LessThanWeb View Post

      What i recommend to new people in the PHP world is two sites:

      w3schools.com/php/default.asp

      and of course

      php.net
      Originally Posted by lisag View Post

      I downloaded PHP scripts from HotScripts.com and studied how things were done. It was a great help to be able to run a script, watch it execute and then study the underlying code.
      Both excellent suggestions. Another suggestion is load Wampserver onto your Windows workstation so that you can "play" with an Apache Web Server, MySQL and PHP on your local machine.

      Install PHP 5 Apache MySQL on Windows : WampServer

      If you have an old computer that you can spare consider loading Ubuntu Linux on it and setting up your own web server. I use a few of these and find them invaluable, as long as you can spare the hardware and electricity! Otherwise Wampserver will do quite nicely!

      If it's a membership site you are looking to build you might want to consider Joomla or WordPress configured with the appropriate components or plugins. This way you could get a site up and running in a minimal amount of time. Your PHP and MySQL skills would still come in handy if you wanted to customize the site.

      Best of luck

      Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author nldmedia
    If you have any doubts on a functions use try php.net/-functionname-
    Such as php.net/strtolower

    Has helped me a bit,
    -Nick
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  • Profile picture of the author terrytsang
    Originally Posted by tomcat_meow View Post

    I am wanting to learn how to program and design a dynamic website. I've done a number of static ones with dreamweaver and a few other templates. I now would like to build a membership style website similar to a dating website something like let's say plentyoffish.com but for a different purpose. Would PHP with mysql be able to do this, or am I looking in the wrong direction? Any recommendations?

    Hi, i would say PHP +MySQL is a good choice for web development. You need to learn the basic and syntax of PHP before starting to develop a site that you want.

    Nowadays there are a lot of RAD framework such as Symfony, Zend, CodeIgniter, CakePHP that can use to build web application faster.

    I have used Symfony for 2 years and i like it, haha.

    Anyway, wish you enjoy the programming and do a great web app, cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author netalab
    You can try LifeRay. Made in J2EE. Has a community and enterprise.
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  • Profile picture of the author netalab
    Or if you really want to learn, use J2EE not php!

    Here are some frameworks that might interest you.

    Hibernate
    Google Guice
    Apache Wicket

    And Tomcat is fine for this.
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