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    Newbie Questions from a Quick Study

    I have spent a short amount of time going over the organization of the forum (essentially, DESIGN, BELLS & WHISTLES, PROGRAMMING, MARKETING, HOSTING, and then OTHER), and felt this was the best place for my post, but if it is not, please move it elsewhere.

    I am new to web development/design (still unclear on the difference other than one seems to be the planning/layout side of web pages, while the other is more on the nitty gritty 'get it done' side of things). What I would like to ask the community is for a little direction to help me train myself so that I can create a website because the acronyms and terms are a bit overwhelming, and I am at a loss as to where to focus my study time.

    Obviously, hands on is always the best teacher, but clarification on where to concentrate that hands on time would be appreciated. I am attempting to research WordPress, Joomla and Drupal as alternatives to the GoDaddy website builder option.

    Along these lines, I have just finished the book 'WordPress Domination: Beginner to Ninja in 7 days." I found the book lacking because the author did not make it clear if WordPress would suit my needs because he assumed that a simple store front or blog would suffice for all users. My next book was Elizabeth Castro's HTML, HTML & CSS along with Julie Meloni's PHP, MySQL and Apache (to determine what PHP was).

    My newbie understanding at this point (and correct me if I am wrong) is that WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are essesntially packages that organize all the various elements of a website (sort of like the PowerPoint for websites). Is this a a fair assessment of what these programs do?

    My second and primary question is this, is PHP powerful enough to handle the following aspect of my web design.

    PHP scripting allows you to really tweak some aspects of your website and make them interactive in a more custom way. HOW CUSTOM? Let me get specific on this question. What I am attempting to do is create a website that provides algebra practice problems of various types. I do not want to create a giant database of algebra problems, but instead write code that will generate these problems (I have the logic trees for accomplishing this task).

    EXAMPLE LOGIC TREE FOR CREATING PROBLEMS INVOLVING FACTORING: The user would be shown X^2 + 3X + 2, and (X + E)(X + F), where E and F would be input by the user [answer would be E=2, F=1, OR E=1, F=2, both are correct].

    On the back end, to automatically generate problems like this a program must be written where E and F are random integers between -100 and 100. Then the program would need to find E+F and E*F to provide a new random problem presented to the user in the format X^2 + (E+F)*X + EF and asking the user to determine and enter E and F.
    Last edited by Molly_Thunderbreeze; Mar 08th, 2014 at 04:59 AM. Reason: Typos are Us

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    I think I'm going to move this to the PHP thread, where you'll probably get better help. I'd answer, but I'm not a PHP fan.
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    There were two questions. 1. Are the programs WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal essentially the powerpoints for websites (pulls all the pieces together); and 2. will PHP suit my needs.


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