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    How did they do that?

    Hey guys...i hope im putting this in the right section of the forum. Anyway, i was wondering what gateway, dell, alienware, etc...companys like that use when they make those custimizable computer options, like either the drop down menus to configure each part of the computer, or the check buttons, and then it all gets tallied up with a final price.

    I assume that this is reading out of a data base with the set prices per option, or are they just defined in the options themselves. In dreamweaver the drop downs and check lists can be made, but can the code to add them and all that great stuff be done threw that too, or what language should that be written in.

    If anyone has an suggestions for me, or knows of a good tutorial, or even just where to start, what language what app works best to cut corners, i would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks

    Oh, if this thread is in the wrong forum, please move it for me so that i can maybe get a few more responses from the appropriate people.

    Thanks again.
    Joel

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    Those are customized web apps that are created to tally everything up.

    Dell's site uses ASP.NET with Microsoft SQL Server 2000.

    If you want a simpler, free solution, you might want to try PHP with MySQL, which is very popular.

    There is a forum here for help with PHP and MySQL. You can also visit http://www.php.net or http://www.phpbuilder.com for more information and help with the language.

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    thanks, appreciate the reply :classic:

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    if you are new to php and mysql.. or to programing in general start by reading php.net tutorial.. VERY VERY helpful!

    Here are some links for tutorials that are very easy with php and mysql.
    http://www.databasejournal.com/features/php
    [go to the bottom where it says 'build your own database driven website using php & mysql pt 1']

    I have learned php and mysql trough Kevin Yank's tutorials... very easy to follow...

    A word of advice, start with something simple.. starting with an ecomerce site like those of dell is very hard.
    ..:: Yaz ::..

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    http://ftp.u-paris10.fr/mysql.com/articles/ddws/2.html

    There is the full eight part tutorial on building a database driven website.


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