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#1 Coldhearth


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Posted 01 August 2009 - 03:52 PM


I would like to learn how to create dynamic websites with PHP and MySQL,
but after doing a lot of reading in books about this I've noticed that this way of learning a programming language on my own isn't working out for me...
I learn better if I have a lot of exercises, problem is that I don't know where to begin with cause there is so much you can do to create dynamic websites.
(guestbook, forum, login system)

I want to know if anyone of you has had the same problem and how they solved it.

Thank you :)
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#2 Orjan


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Posted 01 August 2009 - 03:56 PM

Well, what programming experiences do you have since before?
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Posted 01 August 2009 - 04:33 PM

Create a small website or get a "PHP by Example" type book that is full of code.

Edited by Roger, 13 August 2010 - 01:59 PM.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 04:00 AM

I usually get a book: Free PHP books
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Posted 02 August 2009 - 08:31 AM

This may seem overly obvious but have a look at youtube.
You can find a lot pf php execrises with step by step guides.
Follow the exercises along with the tutorial. Try this with a few exercises.
After you feel comfortable with what you have learned try combining two exercises without following tutorials.

For example, find a tutorial for a login script.

Then find a tutorial for a php calculator.

Then try combining these two tutorials.

You could create a script that each time a user logs in it displays how many times the user has logged into the site. You could take this further by giving a user 15 points each time they log in. So you create a script that would display "you have logged in 10 times. You have 150 points."

Obviously that kind of example wouldn't be used in a website but its just an idea. Keep learning tutorials and combining them, giving yourself a challenge that doesnt have a tutorial for it. There is thousands of things you can do with php. You are only limeted by your imagination.

Good Luck!!
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 03:19 AM

Thx man the youtube idea is wonderfull :)
I actually hadn't thought about it yet :P

I have a basic understanding of php but my goal is to create my own CMS.
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 05:28 AM

I can help you with php.
When you will have questions, contact me. :)
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Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:22 PM

My suggestion is to take an online course. I have a link to one I've taken, but I can't post it because my post count.

The teacher is knowledgeable and will answer any questions. The class will walk you through building a basic dynamic PHP website using content variable to call and load pages. You'll learn basic programming (if/else/if-then/while statements), how build a database, how to select/insert/delete information from it, create a user registration/login system and a simple SQL search for your site. ... really everything you need to get started. You build a recipe site in the class, but the features you learn can be used on any website.

I'm not affiliate with this at all. I was the same as you looking for something more one on one and step by step. It's a good investment at $89. They also have an intermediate class that walks you through building an ecommerce management system.

I can PM you the link or if you're interested.
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