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ISO: Past Dates Script

can't find anything like what I need

     
8:39 am on Jan 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I maintain a website for a musician who has been actively touring for more than 30 years. One of the biggest requests I get is for past tour dates. I have thousands of dates, But I have not been able to find any kind of efficient way of cataloging and displaying the dates. Since I'm always getting new dates in (from old magazines, newsletters, etc), I need a way to enter them via a form and have them sorted automatically by date, city or venue.

Any suggestions you would have would be much appreciated. I'm not a programmer, by any means, so something pre-made would be better, but my budget is nonexistant.

Thanks!

4:47 pm on Jan 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld, PKfanSteph!

Tall order! If you are maintaining a website and you are going to be managing dynamic data, you are probably either going to have to learn some programming or outsource the services to another. We could help you custom code a simple page to get started using PHP -- it really isn't that difficult :) Well, it's something to consider, anyway.

I did a quick search and found a Calendar/Event package on sourceforge called Datenator [indom.sourceforge.net] that may work for you. There is an online demo you can check out. Otherwise you may want to search sourceforge, hotscripts, etc. for a packaged system that fits your needs.

5:39 am on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, coopster.

I tried the program and it wouldn't let me include old dates, just new ones. Nice software, tho.

I'd love to learn how to do it myself with PHP. I've had a small amount of PASCAL and Visual BASIC in high school and college (10 and 5 years ago...), but haven't gone much beyond HTML web-wise. I'm not sure where to start. I just know what I need!

5:43 am on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Your PASCAL and Basic experience is really all you need to get started with PHP. Understanding program flow and logic is the biggest obstacle, and you've cleared that hurdle.

Pick up a copy of PHP and MySQL Web Development by Welling and Thomson. Very thorough, and usable projects with which to learn.

WBF

4:29 am on Jan 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Your PASCAL and Basic experience is really all you need to get started with PHP. Understanding program flow and logic is the biggest obstacle, and you've cleared that hurdle.
Pick up a copy of PHP and MySQL Web Development by Welling and Thomson. Very thorough, and usable projects with which to learn.

Forgot to mention my semester of Ada! The biggest problem I had in all three was modifying other peoples' programs.

I'll try to pick up the book when I get some spare change. I don't know when that will be so is there any good place on the web that I can at least get started right?

I have a lot of other projects I'd like to do so I think learning it is probably the best option. Doesn't look too bad on a resume, either ;) and mine needs all the help it can get! Thanks for the help!