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03-01-2005, 07:21 PM #1
general questions about programming - php or java or ...
This web site helped me A LOT when I used to manage a large web site for a non-profit. I was able to do the HTML mostly by hand, with the exception of a couple of simple java scripts (which I downloaded from the net) and a free DHTML menu I also found for free on the net. It worked really well. But I did learn enough HTML to produce what many people told me was a pretty decent site.
I tried to learn Java at one point and had a great deal of difficulty. Every tutorial I have found always assumed a basic knowledge of programming - either C or something like that.
I have no such basic knowledge. I have a quick and very analytical mind but need to understand basics first. I downloaded something called XAMPP which included PHP, mysql, apache and several other programs. I did manage to get it configured and have gotten through the hello world thing but really am not comprehending anything else.
I am looking for a real programming primer. You know, first, maybe second grade level. I was reading through the tutorials and really started to get lost at variable variables and magic constants (which by the way really aren't constants - leaves me wondering why they called them constants in the first place.
Anyway, so when you read my posts, please don't be upset at how much I do not understand the basics.
I should also thank Dave (the administrator) because he gave a lot of great advice and helped quite a bit. I really also think this kind of thing is great because it is nice to know that there are people that are willing to help other people without asking for money in return.
Thank you very much for having this site.
03-01-2005, 09:10 PM #2
Welcome back, is this springo? If so, I will merge your posts under 1 name
03-02-2005, 07:36 AM #3
When it comes to PHP, I have found the best primer for it is to actually do it! Reading through things like variable variables is all good, but chances are you will not use that knowledge for a year at least.
Because PHP has such a fantastic manual ( www.php.net ) I basically learnt it by starting to write a simple "News System" and looked up each section as I went along. Eg, how does PHP handle forms? Right the forms done, how do I write that information to a file? What if I wanted to use a database?
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03-02-2005, 12:10 PM #4
Yes Dave, this is springo - couldn't remember password from that account. Merging them would be good. Thank you.