I’m in the process of redesigining RedlandBaptist.org. Currently, its hard to maintain because so much of it is hard-coded via DreamWeaver – and not everyone at RBC owns that product – or know what to do with it even if they had.
So I’ve been toying with the idea of data-driven pages via content manglement on some level. This way we could use a variety of methods to post changes to the data without having to deal with formatting. More on this later.
Of course my inner-strugle is PHP or Perl. I like both. I use both. What I believe will happen is that the pages themselves will be in PHP, but the much of underlying engine will be in Perl. Yes I know, more complexity, but the CPAN is just too useful to pass up. That and the fact that I’m going to be the only guy fixing the engine anyway.
What this means is that I need to find a PHP tutorial. Not that I want to compel any of those helping me to become hard-core programmers, rather I want them familiar with the tool for two reasons. Mostly, so those assisting me won’t freak out at what they see between the <?php ?> tags. But also so that they know what is available to them programatically – and what they can code if they so dare.
This means finding a tutorial that doesn’t necessarily assume those helping me are programmers. After a bit of a search, I think I found one: <?PHP Beginner.com // Where PHP Begins ?>.
PHPBeginner.com is a community portal, where members contribute useful articles that aren’t written entirely in ancient geek. Put another way, it is aimed at beginners (read newbies) in PHP programming – as opposed to grizzled (read grumpy) old salts like yours truly.
For me, I found it rather refreshing to find articles that aren’t showing-off.