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geez... i'll stick to php i'll try finding the books in some "computer" places, maybe the books would be cheaper there...
well i haven't searched in all the bookshops, i think that bookshop has some problem...
do i have to buy another book for mysql? i've learnt in the tutorials online about php... haha all i know now is that you can check what browser version the user is using,etc.. and insert some external files... hm... but i don't quite understand databases...
anyway... php is fun... and not as complicated ... geez i want to get the book right away
XML stands for Extensive Markup Language, it is like the next generation of HTML but I haven't looked into it much yet. Php is a server-side scripting language like ASP.
(that might not explain anything but I do have a helpful link at http://www.webmonkey.org )
Also PHP is free in the case you would want to install it on your home computer.
well you can install php on an apache server, kinda tricky and you have to know your unix command. I know that php can be installed on windows too but I didn't try. but right now what you want to do is to find a web hosting company(preferably free) that support php and if you are lucky, mysql(database). Then you wouldn't need to actually install php on your home computer, you can just upload your file and test your code online. I have a few suggestion for web hoster but I am not sure if it is legal for me to post it here, but contact me on icq if you would like to know who they are!
ASP runs on M$ Server like Windows 2000/NT/IIS. It is expensive to set up a server(unix or M$) because you need a big chunk of cash to buy a static IP. Right now, you don't have to worry about installing ANYTHING. Just focus on learning the language whichever you choose
XML: Anyone knows any good use for it? I looked it up, wasn't impressed. Oh well, I wasn't impressed with PHP at first either
Okay, I shouldn't have laughed when you said that you couldn't find any books on PHP at your local bookstore... I went to a few bookstores here, and I was most surprised when I couldn't find any books on PHP either. There were ASP, Flash 5, Windows2k, Visual Basic... etc. books, but I couldn't find PHP books! Weird... my guess is that it's starting to get real popular on the web, but the book guys just haven't noticed and written anything yet. Who knows?
Well yeah i wonder why there are so few books. Geez i still haven't bought the book! I'm going to have a look in computer centers later on... you know in our bookstores Chinese computer books costs way lower than english books...
yup, you can test run scripts on your comp once you get something like Apache installed and configured it to be able to run perl or php, both free I believe. You can see your own pages at http://localhost/ after you've installed it and stuff.
maybe you can order a book off the internet, but that'll be pretty expensive. Is there any computer-specific stores in your area? If you haven't already checked there, go look, maybe there will be a book or two hidden somewhere.