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    Setting up a web site, with server side scripting

    Hi everyone,

    I am currently working on a project for a website. The objective of the project is to set up a website that allows me to keep track of the books that I have read, and of the books I have yet to read.

    Basically, I am creating a website that allows me to use two forms, each on a separate webpage. One form will be used to enter information about the book I have already read. The other form will be used to enter information about the book I have yet to read.

    So far, however, I have completed only the layout of the website. Currently, I am a bit confused as to what to steps I have to take. I want to be able to store the book information in a database, which means I am probably going to need to use a server-side scripting programming language.

    In my understanding, the following are the phases I must go through in order to accomplish my objective.

    - Design the basic layout of the website
    - Register a domain name and find a hosting server.
    - Create a database I am going to need in order to update all the user information.
    - Write scripting in Html code in order to modify the web page output according to user form information.

    My main question is: How do I connect my database to my scripting and then, to my webpage?
    Also, what scripting languages should I use: PhP (for server-side) or maybe Javascript (for client-side)?
    I am probably also going to need to use MySQL for the database.

    I am really confused. I hope that someone can help me conceptually map out what I need to do in order to accomplish my objective and complete the project.

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    You only need one form with an input field that is offering the options "read" or "to read"

    As your list of objectives...

    - Design the basic layout of the website
    - Register a domain name and find a hosting server.
    - Create a database I am going to need in order to update all the user information.
    - Write scripting in Html code in order to modify the web page output according to user form information.

    ...

    1. Design the basic layout of the website - Download a service like XAMPP or EasyPHP, XAMPP is now a nanny service for developers as its got security built in and it is causing many a headache for people trying to use it. The alternative to that is to install all the services you need like a web server, PHP and MySQL which isn't as hard as it seems, its the configuration that can be a pig which is why you have programs like EasyPHP.

    You do not need to register a domain and get web hosting services at present, you only need get your development working first.

    2. Register a domain name and find a hosting server. - You can skip this step for now

    3. Create a database I am going to need in order to update all the user information. - you do this anyway as part of your development in part 1 of your design and build

    4. Write scripting in Html code in order to modify the web page output according to user form information. - Again this is part of part 1 of your design and build.
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    Or you could just register on GoodReads.com or similar and make use of all their functionality and not re-invent the wheel -- unless there's some reason it's important for you to be doing this separately on your own domain?
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    Thing is NogDog, it sounds very home / coursework~ish to me...
    Yes, I know I'm about as subtle as being hit by a bus..(\\.\ Aug08)
    Yep... I say it like I see it, even if it is like a baseball bat in the nutz... (\\.\ Aug08)
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