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#1

I need help getting pointed in the right direction. I have prior programming experience so I know the various control structures and operators pretty well. I’ve already ready through a lot of the PHP Manual at http://www.php.net.

What I’m looking to learn php for is this. I want to make a website that that works a basically like a blog. Also another section where I can post articles.

Now here’s the question. What should I be looking at. I know MySQL is commonly paired with PHP, but given what I want to do, is that really necessary? Any good tutorials that deal specifically with what I’m looking for? What I’d consider good is that it shows you step-by-step how to build it from the ground up. Also good example scripts are appreciated. I’m not looking to steal anything as I honestly want to have a good handle on the php language.

My apologies if this is a common/annoying question. :wink:


#2

WordPress is a well-regarded blog package written in PHP. Not the tutorial you want, but good sample code.


#3

Is MySQL necessary… depends on you and how big you want to go. Flat files are perfectly acceptable for “small” projects (small being reletive - at 1000 to 5000 records (depending on size) I’d consider switching over to a true DB). Only you know how big this project can be and whether the size and speed will eventually warrent MySQL. I personally prefer working with a DB rather then flat files - more overhead at the start up (installation, design) but it can take anything I can throw at it (size, speed, search capabilities).

As for tutorials I usually send people to http://www.codewalkers.com. There are many useful ones listed for beginners to the experienced programmer. You should probably browse all the sections through and find tutorials for your plans.