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Re: Database question


From: Steven Splinter
Date: May 20, 2002 8:13AM

I've developed for both PHP and CF. Honestly, they both add up to the
same thing. PHP is more script-like, it tends to look more like
Javascript than HTML, but it's free, powerful, and very customizable
(plus works like magic with UNIX). And while you don't get the phone
help and paid support, you do get a vast base of fellow users and fans
who either are just as interested in learning as you are, or very
knowledgeable and willing to help you so you don't go to Microsoft.

CF's syntax is just like HTML, though there is a scripting part you can
employ if you so choose. I've found it's no harder to understand CF than
PHP, but it's also no easier- either way, developing applications and
putting together websites takes time and effort, and CF's abstractness
can be a hindrance to people who like the complex control scripting-type
languages give them. But you get paid support, some very good programs
to develop with, and one very upbeat group of devotees to ask questions
and learn with. (Plus, custom tags are very, very cool.)

Either way, you'll get the job done. But if you want to learn about
databases, I suggest getting started with Access or one of the free SQL
databases, get a good book (ask some of your friends, I've yet to find
one), and start hacking away. Put your music collection, book
collection, anything in a database and tinker around. It's the best way
to learn, really. Plus, you'll be amazed when you see just what exactly
you have.

Good luck!

Raleigh Way wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> Please accept my apologies if my question is not appropriate for this
> list. I work in education, teach html, css, accessibiltiy and more,
> but I'm not a programer or network specialist. I read the digest
> from this list on a regular basis for tidbits of info. I've learned
> a great deal from being here.
> I'm in the beginning stages of learning how to put databases on the
> Net. I'm using Dreamweaver UltraDev and using Lynda.com's UltraDev
> CD to learn how to do it. The CD recommends ASP, ColdFusion or Java
> to set up database. In your opinion, what is the "best" way to go
> with databases. I know enough to know I don't know enough to ask the
> right questions yet. I wanted to go with ASP, but our campus is
> UNIX, and I've been told that ASP is not an option.
> TIA,
> Raleigh
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Steven Splinter
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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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