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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!
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?
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).
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?
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.
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.