How do I get started with PHP

software development

#1

I would like to learn PHP and MySQL. How do I start? It looks like more than just a script (like JavaScript) that I can use without having to have special sofware. Do I need to install some kind of PHP software on my own computer to program it? Do I need special software to create MySQL databases, or can my MS Office software export to it’s format?


#2

Hi

The best place to start is to buy a book. There are plenty of URi that I can post (see below) that will give you an introduction to both technologies, but I always think it’s easier to read directly from a book at your own leisure.

Try these few URi to start you off…

http://www.php.net
http://www.mysql.com
http://www.devshed.com/Server_Side/PHP/DB_Basics/ - Database basics with Mysql and PHP.
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/programming/php/tutorials/tutorial4.html - PHP/MySQL Tutorial.

You don’t need any special software to run either technology as both are installed on Dreamhost servers.

MySQL databases are only available to higher-end customers, altough you may request a MySQL database as an ‘add-on’ to your existing plan.

I believe that Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access are capable of exporting any database to CSV format (comma deliminated format). This then can be fed into a MySQL database, although results do vary.

A good program to help you manage your MySQL database using a web browser is MySQLman from Gossamer-Threads (http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scripts/mysqlman/). It’s a free download, but a very very powerful program.

Hope this helps you to get started.

Wil


#3

wil wrote:

[quote]A good program to help you manage your MySQL database using a web
browser is MySQLman from Gossamer-Threads
(http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scripts/mysqlman/). It’s a free
download, but a very very powerful program.

[/quote]

In my preparations to start using MySQL, I’ve been wondering where to find something just like that.

Thanks for the link!

…Bob


#4

Bob

No problem. I hope you find it useful, as I did. It may be the “lazy” way around MySQL but I’ve found the file-importing features very helpful.

Wil