I've been making relatively simple, static web pages since 1995.
However, I'm fed up with static text and would like to use a database backend from now on. The only dynamic sites I have created were Lotus Notes/Domino databases.
I am interested in using Slashcode, the base code used for http://slashdot.org, as the basis for my web site.
I downloaded the code from SourceForge, and read the installation instructions a little. I do not yet know much about Linux (though I have been messing around with it here and there since 1996, but not enough to do much), am inexperienced with coding CGI scripts, etc etc ... basically, anything relevant to getting Slashcode to work I have done some SQL databases for classes, and have about 3 years of Java experience, so I am fairly confident I'll get the hang of it with a little work.
Judging fromt the installation giude at http://slashcode.com/docs/INSTALL.html , I am not sure if the Slashcode is compatible with the backend system in place at Dreamhost.
Does anyone have any idea if this is possible, and/or what I would need to do to get it running? The instructions tell me to do a number of things that (for good reason) Dreamhost restricts me from doing (such as modifying installations of MySQL, Apache, etc).
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!