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2:20 am on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I m new with PHP...
I m using Windows 2000...if I want to write a program like a portal system with PHP..How I start? What should I install?

As I know, I have to install a database like phpAdmin. For this, I think I will get a Linux in another computer...is it I have to instal phpAdmin? or it come with Linux? where can I download phpAdmin? or what others database that I can use?

In Windows 2000, is it I have to install any PHP plug in?

Is it I must have a FTP for upload my php script from windows 2000 to Linux? like "SSH Secure Shell", any other suggestions?

Anyone can give me some guide?Where can I get these information.


5:01 am on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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i don't think phpAdmin is actually a database.
i think you are refering to phpMyAdmin which is just a front end to mySQL which is something else you will have to install if you want to use it. if you want to take a little work out, you can just use a flatfile storing system (.txt,.cvs)


5:11 am on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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yes, that is phpMyAdmin...
how about others question? anyone know about it?


5:20 am on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just install it all on windows. [ricocheting.com...] has good tutorials for setting it all up.


6:50 am on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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To begin with PHP, I'd install EasyPHP, it will install PHP, MySQL, Apache and PHPMyAdmin on a windows OS


2:34 pm on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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An alternative is to sign up with a free host that has PHP, MySQL and PHPMyAdmin and practice on that (which is what I do). I use Lycos Tripod and don't mind the fact that I have to ftp each time I want to test a script as my connection is superfast (if you have dial-up it may not be a good option).



5:43 pm on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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i think if it is feasable, setting up your own server is best.
you can add support for any language, it is easier to set up files, you can totally customize it, there are a lot of pros.

one thing to be careful of, viruses. update your virus definitions at least 2 times a day


5:49 pm on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Sokkit is a similar affair to EasyPHP [easyphp.org], installs an Apache2/php server, but spoils the whole thing by being payware, not that it takes more than a minute to remove that bit and get back to editing the config files of this FREE software the old-fashioned way.

I just noticed ukgimp mention [firepages.com.au...] in another similar thread [webmasterworld.com], but that page wouldn't load for me, so who knows. It's not a major job to install the binaries from the apache/php/mysql sites, either. EasyPHP looks very good, by the way.

And Mac OS X is an excellent out-of-the-box solution, too, but not much use for an Intel based machine, of course. I've got all the major platforms running apache here, and the windoze server, while not as fast or stable as the Linux/OS X servers, fares pretty well, it's certainly good enough to make a cracking development platform.

[zend.com...] have some excellent tutorials on portal-system coding, or was that [devshed.com?...] either way, there's a lot of info out there. I'd definitely start with a smaller project, though, check out other developer's scripts, grab some tutorials and source-code and practice, practice, practice.

As much as I'd like to guide you to my own site and its humble free offerings, that would break the webmasterworld TOC.

have fun!



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