What Can PHP Actually Do!?


I am absolutley brand spanking new to the world of php, i come for a web design background, i have some knowledge of xml, xhtml, flash and a teeny bit of jquery.

I have recently created a very basic website with numerous galleries. After showing the project to our resident “php” guy he pretty much laughed that i had manually entered in all the images in to the htm file and also that i had entered the top link images etc…

He mentioned some system called magenta?!?! that would make life easier but i have no idea what this is at all. An brief explanation on how php can propigate a htm file or any additonal resources or information on this system would be fantastic.

I wish to be a professional and up-to date web designer and so any area that I am weak at I wish to improve either in skill or at least understanding.

Thanks for your time :slight_smile:

that’s quite a question php can do all sorts I’ve been using it for 4 years and still coming across new things. It’s on a basic level can help speed up your development.

For example you made a html gallery which am sure took a fair bit of time, if you decide to use what you did again you’ll have to manually copy over the files then edit the html for every image, if you we’re to do this with php you can for example get it to read a folder of images and import them into a gallery within seconds. You would still need to apply your design etc but the actual gallery would be in place in minutes. That’s the power of php it’s amazing what it can be used for.

here’s a few links you might find useful:

php manual - http://php.net/manual/en/index.php
w3school tutorials - http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp
tiztag learn php from the basics - http://www.tizag.com/phpT/


thanks for your reply dave, if that is your real name…, i will check those resources you gave me.


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