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User interface

Do this last, and don't get bogged down in formatting

  • The beauty of a web app, is that your users only need their browser to use your program—

there is nothing to install.

  • The interface is built with HTML (XHTML) web pages juiced up with PHP.

  • I use Dreamweaver, which has built-in support for PHP and MySQL.

My pages:

  • Are linked to a Dreamweaver template

  • Use cascading style sheets

  • Have a database connection

  • Are stored in folders organized somewhat like my application

PHP basics

PHP is a great way to get your feet wet as a programmer. You’ll learn to use:

  • Variables (writer = Bob)

  • Arrays (variables that contain a list of variables)

  • Control structures (if this equals 0, stop)

  • Functions

    • -

      Functions are reusable blocks of code that are combined together to do a task.

    • -

      You give the function a name; once it has a name, it comes when you call it.

PHP employs MySQL commands and HTML. (It was the HTML that built all the nifty fields in the form, not PHP.)

Where to go from here

You can practice by working on your website. Your website can feature:

  • Hobbies

  • Family

  • Portfolio

  • Rantings about whatever moves you

Learn the tools

  • If you aren't familiar with Dreamweaver and XHTML/HTML, start with a basic Dreamweaver tutorial-style book

  • If you can get around in Dreamweaver, get Foundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8 by David Powers (a Friendsof Ed book)

Mary Ann Howell 10/4/08

Developing a Web Application

www.hikaripub.com

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