On Thursday, March 14, 2002, at 04:00  PM, David Johansen wrote:

> I would like to make a little online feedback and application form. I 
> was
> trying to decide if I should use the mailto action of the form or if 
> there's
> some better way that I can do it in PHP. Is there a way I could just 
> write
> it to a file or something in PHP or is there a more typical and better 
> way
> to pull this off? Thanks,

Fundamentally, the script you are wondering about is known as a 
"guestbook", although it has been rarely used for that purpose since the 
late nineties.  Someone enters some text into an HTML input, hits 
"submit" and the data either gets stored in a file, database, or is 
emailed (or processed in some other way).

Whether or not the data is visible by other visitors or only by yourself 
is entirely up to you -- PHP handles such scripts incredibly easily.  
Julio Nobrega suggested storing the data into a database, which is a 
good idea especially if you expect a lot of feedback or have a somewhat 
complicated feedback form that you would like to be able to run complex 
queries on.  You could also simply write this data to a text file or 
multiple text files, though if you get a lot of feedback it -could- get 
out of hand.  And email is another option.

PHP lets you do all of this.



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

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