On Monday, March 4, 2002, at 03:29  PM, Matt Schroebel wrote:

> I'd recommend that tutorial only as a guideline for using mySQL and 
> php.  Don't try to use the obfuscated logic in the final example as a 
> good way to code an add/change/delete page.  It's much easier if there 
> are radio buttons on the necessar pages that are pressed (and thus are 
> set in php) to tell you what action to take

I don't really remember the tutorial very well.  I thought it did a fine 
job of explaining some of the basics... I spent a few hours with it and 
felt pretty good.  However, I agree that it's not a good intro to PHP's 
basic features.  Once this tutorial had me convinced that PHP was a good 
investment in time, I picked up the Wrox Beginning PHP book, and learned 
the basics from that.  Still, I didn't care for the coding style taught 
in that either -- kind of fragmented, there's a point in the book where 
you can tell that a completely different author has taken over with the 
tutorials.  Finally, I picked up a very recent book, "Visual QuickPro 
Advanced PHP" by Larry Ullman or something.  This is a lot better, since 
he tries to use XHTML and actually spends a few pages talking about 
coding style.  It wasn't until I read this book that I decided to 
abandon embedding PHP in HTML altogether and switched to templates, 
which is a lot neater.

I haven't seen yet a tutorial that teaches coding from the perspective 
of using register_globals off, which I think is pretty important 
(personal opinion).  It's not that hard to pick up, though, once you've 
gotten started.  Still, I think it makes  alot more sense to do so since 
it helps the new user remember that variable $x is actually in the $_GET 
array for example.


Erik Price
Web Developer Temp
Media Lab, H.H. Brown

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