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    Total Newbie - HELP!


    Hi Guys,

    Wondered if someone help me get started. Firstly, let me tell you my end goal, then shock you with how little I know!

    I want to create a form based URL, were entries can be made, drop down menus created for the end goal of being able to create an Excel spreadsheet with the collated, entered information. That is the dream.

    Now with the shocking bit, I know NOTHING!

    What programs should I download, what books should I read, how do I install them, how do I get them to work? Amazing I know, and a bit cheeky, but we all got to start somewhere.

    I am to be working on Windows 7, but as my day job I work on Mac's, and in the Graphics industry, so not a total Newbie when it comes to PC/Macs.

    I just want to get started, and stutter and stammer and mostly learn how to achieve my goals. I have a dream guys!

    Please, please, please can someone point me in the right direction, and help me start.

    Thanks ever so much for taking the time,

    Steve
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    Well, first and foremost you'll need an environment to work in.

    If you don't have a server of some sort you can connect to that's equipped with an environment, you'll probably be needing a local environment instead. Just note that while this will give you the means to develop code, the environment won't be accessible to others through the internet.

    For Windows-based PHP development I've taken to using WAMP Server. It'll provide you with the vital pieces of a technology stack: PHP, Apache, MySQL. PHP will obviously be your programming language, Apache will be the webserver making your project available in your browser, and MySQL is there should you need a database.

    Once you get that sorted or chime back that you have an alternative environment ready for PHP, we can go from there.
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    Thanks for that.

    I will start with that, and get back.

    Thanks for taking the time
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    See, told you I was bad!

    I go to this site to download, the screen just greys out and I am unable to download anything

    Help!
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    Originally Posted by BlueFunk3
    See, told you I was bad!

    I go to this site to download, the screen just greys out and I am unable to download anything

    Help!
    Erm... is it taking you to sourceforge for the download?

    It worked alright for me...
    Which version are you trying to download?
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    Hi

    Right, I have got it downloaded and installed.

    So, what next?

    I really dont know how to open/start this

    Cheers

    Steve
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    why dont you start with a basic tutorial from the net?

    php.net or nettuts or anything that teach you the basic. Remember though code found on the net is not very secure but some tutorials will teach you what to do after you have downloaded php.. which is the main goal here
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    OK, I will look in to this later on

    Thanks so much for the information

    Steve
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    Just a note...

    If you are new to web programming, do NOT start with PHP. PHP is not what browsers receive. It is just the ability to alter and built dynamic pages. Start with HTML since this, in the end, is most likely what you are writing.

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