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11:30 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Newbie alert . . .

Hello.

I soon have to choose a final year project for my uni and none of the things on offer interests me in the least. So I was thinking about doing a MessageBoard from scratch using PHP. Now, the first thing I'd like to ask is, is this possible? And secondly, how? And thirdly, how difficult will it be?

If anyone per chance has any other suggesting for a project please please let me know cause I'm stuck.

I'm not a programmer as such, I'm more into the media side, and my suggestion of making a short film and accompanying website and/or add-on game was deemed a bit too ambitious and hence I'm stuck.

So please help!

Cheers.

11:37 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If you are not a programmer then you are going to be in serious trouble. Unless of course you are a quick study or can rip pieces of code from somewhere else out and figure out how to put them back together again.
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Programming a message board from scratch is not something a beginning programmer should tackle. It would be akin to you getting a permit to learn to drive and then siging up for the Grand Prix. Since you're more of a media type, why not select a project related to that instead. If you have to do programming, pick something much easier like a guest book.
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Having said that, I have done the odd bits and bobs of Java here and there. But I'm assuming that it not the same. I can usually pick it up (I did VB and HTML too, but again not the same) quiet quickly if I put my back into it.

As far as the guestbook goes, that could be a good idea as well. I'm assuming thats along the lines of using a database to store the messages and then display them.

Would I be right in thinking this also applies to doing a Message Board too?

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They both can be done either with or without a database. Most use databases though. A guestbook is pretty similar to a message board but isn't anywhere near as complex.
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Welcome to WebmasterWorld Triplex!

You could do either fairly easily. The thing I would focus on is to not try to add all the bells and whistles. If you focused on a basic message board it could be fairly easy. The difficulty begins to grow exponentially when you try to add on additional levels of complexity. Define the parameters of what you want the message board to do. IE - you want uname/pwd access for each member. Each member can post and each member can read (maybe skip editing for now). All members can view other members posts. Maybe skip categories and things like 'most recent posts' and posts that are pinned (ala front page of WebmasterWorld).

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Hey Lorax.

What you say certainly does make sense. I would ideally be looking at doing something basic right. Then, and only then, trying to add on other bits and bobs (which would most likely fail) as extra bits of work. I think certainly having the basics and trying harder stuff will be sufficient.

Might have to visit the library then and find me a book on PHP!

Any suggestion on a book?

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My first PHP & MySQL book was PHP and MySQL Web Development by Welling & Thompson. Great book to learn from. Most of the same info - plus tons more - is available through many online examples and tutorials. A bit of searching will yield you plenty of gold to sift through.
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Ta very much.

To be honest at the start of today I was about ready to kill someone due lack of project ideas, but having chatted more about with people and online, I'm a bit more realxed about it. I found out one of my courses this term is XML based so now I've developed my idea into doing an actuall website for something or rather, that draws it all together (Guestbook, Message Board, the actual site) meaning that even it's on a simple state, there'll be plenty to keep the marker busy! ;-)

Cheers again people. And please keep sending sugestion for books or anything. It's good to get other folks views.

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld Triplex,

this thread has links to a bunch of threads about books
PHP Books [webmasterworld.com]

that is definitely an ambitious project, good luck.

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Triplex,
I'm a bit worried that I may have mislead you. While I do think a simple message board is a good first project I am not you. I don't know what your programming skills are and thus it could be the downfall in my optimism and your ruin. Perhaps you should try a few simple tutorials before you commit to the message board project. I think it would help you better gauge the effort required to complete a message board - regardless of how simple it may be.
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Thank you Jatar K.

Lorax, dont worry, I'm not going to go off straight at the deep end. There is much research ahead, and like you said I will start at the bottom of the ladder. We have tutors that I can turn to as well. I do usually pick up things quiet quick. So Iím putting a lot of hope on that! :-)

Thank you for your concern.

 

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