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6:16 am on Mar 27, 2016 (gmt 0)

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i used to be a Perl monkey.

then spent some time in a coma and spent the last decade rehabbing.
in which time i've forgotten EVERYTHING.

so i'm getting back into webdev...

working on my own site.
which has a video section, where i intend to have a tag cloud on the main page.
most-tagged videos will have larger text, etc.

now i'm wondering which language to learn to achieve this (was studying Wordpress, but it has no solution - i don't wanna have to load 500+ videos on 1 page)....

i'm thinking of settling on Python, PHP or Ruby.

thoughts?

p.s. should i file the vids into MySQL and point to them from there?
6:49 am on Mar 27, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Perl still works. PHP is the current "mass use" on the web. Ruby and Python have excellent capabilities. All of them will do what you want.

What you do need to figure out is if

a) there's a market for what you got
b) there's a market for what you got.
c) see above

Your underlying code means nothing if the site has no audience or potential market.

That said, CMS packages might make the transition and delivery faster. Most are in PHP. There is a great latitude of customization available, just know that any update might undo all you've scripted.

I'd look at items a, b, and c then make the decision. :)

Reality is that when push comes to shove ordinary HTML and CSS will probably do most of what you need and the scripting is a perk.

You can probably get more help with PHP (not all of it good) than the others.

I still use Perl, so keep that in mind.
1:26 pm on Mar 27, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Another option is Node.js. As already stated, any of these will work. My advice would be to do a little investigation on all of them to see what interests you most. PHP is probably the most widely used. Node.js seems to be picking up a lot of traction.
8:30 pm on Mar 27, 2016 (gmt 0)

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i don't care about a target market - it's just a personal site - no monetization.

i haven't really considered getting back into Perl.....
that would be a heady task.

as far as CMS's, i already looked into WP - no solutions.
there's a good plugin with Joomla - just can't really get it going (or have had too much brain damage to figure it out).

do you agree with the node.js recommendation?
is node.js a language or library?

it sounds like i'd be best off with PHP?
8:32 pm on Mar 27, 2016 (gmt 0)

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and what about the videos themselves?
would building a mysql schema be the best route?