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Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
it is also good to have a specific goal that you would like to accomplish then you are not overwhelmed by the enormity of the whole language. You can then concentrate on specific parts.
Construct a form processor that checks fields and emails you the contents or make a counter or some other piece of coding you might find useful.
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One thing I do strongly suggest is to read through the PHP Manaual. Of course do not read through it entirely but bits and peices of it. You would be amazed how much good info there is in there. The online version is even more help because it has user comments.
Get a book called "PHP Developer's cookbook". It's an excellant book covering all the basics. Also it has basic code you can use to learn how PHP works.
I get frustrated, because I don't have the proper tools
Tools.... All you really need is Notepad, but you will be a lot happier with some more stuff
- HAPedit. I really like this editor best for PHP - and it's free. I own some well-known, expensive commercial editors and I've downloaded lots of the free editors, but this is the only one I ever use anymore except sometimes NotePad or EditPad for real quick stuff. Partly I like it because the developer keeps taking my suggestions and actually implementing them, so it has a lot of the stuff that I really like (e.g. brace matching).
- Install Apache/PHP/MySQL on your local computer. That's essential.
- a grep tool (regex search and replace).
- CVS installed on your computer. A steep learning curve at first, but so worth the investment.
- a local copy of the PHP and MySQL manuals. This too is essential.
*** Getting started
The Devshed tutorials are good. Also, there are many many free scripts out there. Find one that does roughly what you want. Install it and then try to modify it to do exactly what you want. After a while you'll be building your own stuff with confidence.
This will give me a great starting point to get moving.
I had not thought of installing MySQL, PHP, and Apache on a local machine.
Is it possible to load those on a Windows XP machine?
If not, I have a spare machine I can load linux on, but my primary computer is a laptop with XP.
Plus it comes with all the neccesary software to install PHP, MySQL, and Apache (also available on the web).