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Old February 15th, 2007, 10:21 PM
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Hello programming Pros!

Myself, I have modified a little html, php and actionscript to make something work, but never created anything from the ground up. Here I may need to.

I need to create an online database:
 
  • A user can create an account
  • An account can be created with more than one user having access
  • Each user may login to the account to modify a single number, or different users on the account may have access their own number
  • The number can be added to, subtracted from or re-entered all together by every user with access
  • The website accessing this database must be viewable by most mobile devices


Thats pretty much it. Some options will need to be added later but this will be the main functionality of the database. The numbers will not be of a sensitive nature and the site will not need to have secure encryption.

So which language should I learn to make this happen?
Please let me know what you think.


If you have any further questions as to its general use or needed features please let me know and I will reply as soon as I can.

Thanx,
Joshua
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Old February 15th, 2007, 10:36 PM
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This is a matter of opinion. If you ask 5 .NET Developers and 5 PHP developers which language you should use, you are probably going to get 5 answers to use .NET and 5 answers to use PHP.

You said you have experience with PHP, that is probably your best bet since you know what the syntax looks like and are accustomed to working with it. Also, based on your requirements, this is extremely simplistic and each language handles these types of things simply.

Both languages, PHP and ASP.NET, support WAP and WML so designing a web based version of your application shouldn't be to troublesome.

I can't speak for the PHP community here as I don't go into the PHP threads but the .NET community here is extremely bright and, if that is the way you choose to go, I am sure someone will be able to give you a hand with any problems you may have.

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Since you already have PHP experience, that would be a resonable choice. Regardless of what you choose, you are going to have a lot to learn. There are books that cover most (if not all) of what you want to do.

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Okay, I'm ready to learn.
Ive picked up OReilly's Learning PHP and MySQL and PHP & MySQL Everyday Apps for Dummies. Are these books any good? I come from a design background and OReilly promises to cater to my needs, so I thought I would start with that one.

ALSO: Have any of you guys used PHP Designer 2007? I'm guessing that a decent amount of PHP know-how will still be needed. I dont suppose there are any WYSIWYG PHP editors out there? I dont mean to sound lazy here and i'm sure i'll feel more fulfilled if I actually learn this stuff, but its really just a means to an end -the production of a new online/mobile tool idea I have. If I have to learn it to use it well then I will, just wondering.

-And thanx for the replies.
Joshua

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Old February 20th, 2007, 01:04 AM
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I haven't read either of those books. However - you are starting a learning experience, and anything is better than nothing.

I don't know of any wysiwyg php editor, and I would be surprised if you find one. Who knows.

However - here is the thing about learning to program in your situation: If what you want to do is learn to program, then you should learn to program. If what you want to do is make software, then you can start a company, raise some operating capital somehow, hire managers and programmers (along with all the support personnel for this), and you'll have a company making software. If you are good at raising money and/or starting and running a company - then go that route. The thing is that there are 1000 paths to get to where you might want to be going, and no one can tell you which is the right path. There are many other ways to approach this than the two I mentioned above - you could fully document your ideas, get a patent or other legal protection, and go out and market the idea to people who have what it takes to implement it (and pay you for the idea). Or, you could go to work for a company that hires bright people with good marketable ideas and build up a network of supporters (by playing the politics of the company) and pitch your idea at just the right moment (like after you have just had a big success with some project you have taken on) and so on... and so on. Most of the people replying to posts on a forum like this aren't going to be a great help in figuring out this one.

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