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    Good day all, I am kind of new to web design and I was going to learn a language to create dynamic websites. I was thinking of going for PHP as its open source. I already know many hardware languages such as VHDL, Assembly language, C++, and Embedded C. From what I hear the web design languages are all very simular. Just wondering if anyone had an opinion or a favourite.
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    Yes, learn PHP along with MySQL.

    You'll find it easy, because of your C++ experience.

    I mention PHP because of the tons of online support, documentation, etc.
    You'll also want to get into AJAX, a combination of PHP and javascripting (JQuery specifically).
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    Honestly the best answer is who knows? I've very confident in my C++ skills as well but I make a living without knowing a single statement of PHP as a web design/developer. What is it that you are looking to do exactly? There are plenty of APIs, Services, CMSs, integrated backends, and other tools that can eliminate a lot of hassle and headache for you.

    While I love writing code I've found myself finding simpler ways to do things rather than handwriting everything. If you can narrow a focus and find the tools to help you achieve your goals you may not want to learn PHP.
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    In my opinion, you should learn PHP and MySQL for developing dynamic websites. If you rely upon only the software as development tool than you will never know what is going on in the background. As you are already a programmer and its very easy for you to learn any language now.
    Now a day PHP is very popular in developers because of its easy code and good features.
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    Thanks for the advice, PHP probably would be best for me to learn. The first operation I am planning to use it for is to make a search bar for the site. It is a review site so I will also want pages to be able to be ordered by date, name, and so on. Also if the site does well I will try to implement user accounts. Is PHP the best option for these operations? I never really heard of MySQL being used in web design but from the little I have done, it would be ideal for some of those operations. I will have to look into that one.
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    For making a search, the whole point is to have a database ... MySQL.
    You create a database table that contains all of the columns (fields) you need,
    such as date, name, etc. You add, edit, delete, select, sort, search by using
    queries in your PHP scripting. Lots of tutorials online via Google:
    Try working through this one: http://www.tizag.com/mysqlTutorial/
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    Do you all use a virtual server such as WAMP for designing your dynamic sites? Its just that I use dreamweaver and upload directly to goDaddy. I have tutorial videos showing me how to use PHP and MySQL but they are done using WAMP. Its a free download so I guess there is no harm in trying it that way.
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    Just another quick question, all my pages are .html so do I need to save them as .php to be able to use PHP coding?
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    "Whatever will do what you want it to do as well as possible" is the best answer. In some cases, that could be PHP. In some cases, ASP. In some cases, ASP.NET. In some cases, Python, Perl, Ruby, etc. There's no straight answer.

    But as far as your previous question goes, yes, to use PHP coding, you'll need to save your pages with the .php extension.
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    John,
    Your webhost may allow you to use .htaccess to force the server to
    process all .html files as .php ... or, they will want you to do that
    in the php.ini file. https://www.google.com/search?q=.hta...+.html+as+.php

    I like to make my files .php .. but I guess it's a personal preference.



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