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what sort of things can php do on its own, with mysql (or any other form of sql/database)? is there speed inprovements or anything? are their enough advantages of it to use on a normal site?
 

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since were on topic i have 2 question about php also ;)

1 - can u write the code in a normal text editor and then just save the file as .php?

2 - if its server interpreted, how do u test it without uploading?

thkx :)
 

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> can u write the code in a normal text editor and then just save the file as .php?

Yes. I've done that with all of my PHP files in EditPlus.

> - if its server interpreted, how do u test it without uploading?

I'm not sure about that, but you could always upload a test page (like indextest.php instead of index.php) before you integrate the intended files.

I'd say why I like PHP, but http://www.php.net would be better at describing why it's so nice.
 

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PWS'....

if you want to test php scripts, you need to set a PWS (person al web server) up on your system, like I do.

<a href="http://www.apache.org">Apache Personal Web Server</a>
<a href="http://www.php.net">PHP Scripting Home Page</a>

I personally use HTTPD web server, with perl, php and mysql installed. I can run really all message boards, news script and php-nuke type things, all without going online :D

PS. i can't find the httpd homepage, but i am sure if you search about, you will find it :)
 

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what are people's own personal view on php and asp etc?
 

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Re: PWS'....

Originally posted by dixon
if you want to test php scripts, you need to set a PWS (person al web server) up on your system, like I do.

<a href="http://www.apache.org">Apache Personal Web Server</a>
<a href="http://www.php.net">PHP Scripting Home Page</a>

I personally use HTTPD web server, with perl, php and mysql installed. I can run really all message boards, news script and php-nuke type things, all without going online :D

PS. i can't find the httpd homepage, but i am sure if you search about, you will find it :)
thats gr8! its quite difficult for a 56k to go online every time he has to test anything ;) thkx, im gonna try find some info on those
PS - HTTPD makes ur sistem turn into a normal host?
 

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I use the very same tools dixon uses. The material produced with them are of exceptional quality since the group PHP/MySQL/Apache look to be made on for the other. For example, you could run a BBS just like Emuforums locally on your computer (except that it is commercial, but vBulletin has also a lite edition).

Also, talking about this, the three products are realeased under GPL/GNU, so that means they're free. You can produce really professional sites with these free and amazing tools.

PHP is far better than ASP. You can configure PHP to run on almost any HTTPD web server available. On the other hand, ASP requires Microsoft's Web Servers (PWS or IIS) in order to run. And PHP has been being developed in such a way that now we have PHP-GTK, in which you can even creat GUI based web applications!!

MySQL does a great job as a free database. It has many, many features you won't even imagine to make use of. It's fast, reliable and secure! If you also prefer, you can download the ODBC version as well for integration with Delphi and other languages!

Apache, for me, is the best web server ever!! It's not only a matter of preference, but also strong quality!

Everything is free (under the rules of GPL/GNU, of course)!

People have posted already, but here goes the links again:
PHP.net
Apache Foundation
MySQL Database Engine

With these you can learn everything!! :) :) :)
 
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