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ARL (Moderator) – March 20, 2008 10:04PM Reply Quote
Hey, hey! I'm looking at sticking my big toe into MySQL and PHP.

Here's the place to share tips/tricks etc and ask dumbass noob questions...

Dr. Strangelove – August 27, 2008 03:09PM Reply Quote
I'm going to be setting up a web site that will use asp.net to talk to a database, probably sqlserver. I'm looking for suggestions on (a) references/books, and (b) development software for doing this. Any advice greatly appreciated.

Edit: Oh, I should say that I have XP on my machine via VMWare (but it's a bootcamp partition, so I could boot into windows if necessary). So the development software can be windows or mac.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/27/2008 03:12PM by Dr. Strangelove.

Cloudscout – August 27, 2008 03:13PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Go download Visual Web Developer Express from Microsoft. It's a free download and when you register the download, you get to download PDF versions of some excellent reference materials (including complete books).

I would also HIGHLY recommend checking out The Free ASP.NET tutorial videos. Extremely useful stuff.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/27/2008 03:14PM by Cloudscout.

John Willoughby – August 27, 2008 03:53PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Remember, cleopatra.com died because she clutched an asp.net to her breast.org.

Bruce Robertson – August 27, 2008 03:57PM Reply Quote
Considered FileMaker? It supports PHP.

Dr. Strangelove – August 27, 2008 04:26PM Reply Quote
I think I'll be using Filemaker to access the database from my end once I have everything set up.

But the university server that this will be running on only supports asp.net and classic asp, and sqlserver, mysql, and oracle as databases. So my choices are a bit limited.

ARL (Moderator) – August 27, 2008 08:49PM Reply Quote
You don't like mysql? It's the right price.

Dr. Strangelove – August 28, 2008 08:13AM Reply Quote
I have a colleague who runs a server that I can use as a testbed, and he runs sqlserver. Myself, I don't care.

Bruce Robertson – August 31, 2008 08:24PM Reply Quote
FWIW you do know that FileMaker talks to SQL datasources, right?

And here's a PHP/MySQL/Filemaker integration example. No, not by me.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/31/2008 08:34PM by Bruce Robertson.

Curtis – September 06, 2008 01:09PM Reply Quote
Unix/Linux question:

Anyone ever got Apple Remote Desktop to control a Linux VNC?

I can connect with VNC Viewer no problem - I just type in renderserver.company.com:1 and it brings up a prompt for the password and I can connect. Configured the Linux box over SSH to bring up the X window system and everything.

ARD doesn't seem to play nice with this, but I feel like I'm doing something wrong...? ARD will only allow the :1 after the DNS name and not the IP address, and it asks for both username and pw - I tried several different options (such as the username I want to connect with, blank, and root) but it never seemed to connect, just giving me authentication errors.

ARL (Moderator) – January 30, 2009 04:11AM Reply Quote
I'm looking for a quick & easy & free content management system or blogging software.

Preferably stuff with templates that conform to web accessibility standards out of the box (it's a disability website so we'd look silly with inaccessible code).

It seems the big three are 1. http://www.movabletype.org/ 2. http://wordpress.org/ and 3. http://textpattern.com/

Any others I should consider? Anyone use the products?

It must be dead-easy as there are going to be multiple contributors and I'm probably the most tech-savvy. Help greatly appreciated.


Mokers (Moderator) – January 30, 2009 09:39AM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
movabletype and wordpress are the most popular, so you'll probably find the most support for them if you are using it as a standalone cms. Both of them do a pretty good job with web standards. I find movabletype a little easier for authors that aren't techy to use.

rino – January 30, 2009 10:06AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I'd concur ... I am actively using both as CMS's for smaller sites and the latest MT4 absolutely rocks. It's a very nice mature product with built-in community features, blogging, and management of pages and media assets with a good amount of plugins, templates, and more...

ARL (Moderator) – January 30, 2009 09:32PM Reply Quote
Thanks for the tips, guys. I want the site to not look blog-like if possible. Does Moveable Type allow multiple blogs and multiple authors?

ARL (Moderator) – January 30, 2009 10:54PM Reply Quote
DPBD! Anyone heard of these guys?

Someone I know "had a friend setup their website" using this mob but it looks rather awkward and unfriendly...

ARL (Moderator) – January 30, 2009 11:18PM Reply Quote

I know other people have already mentioned these before but what's some good web hosting services that have the PHP & MySQL etc already there. Preferably run on apache

tomierna (Admin) – January 31, 2009 09:07AM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
I'm a fan of Textdrive.com (which is now Joyent.com). They are affiliated with the author of Textpattern, Dean Allen.

Also, if you need, I still do some hosting here and there, running Apache, PHP, MySQL on FreeBSD.

rino – January 31, 2009 09:44AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.


Yep. MT allows for multiple authors in one blog, multiple authors across blogs, community aggregation tags, etc...

I just setup 15 blogs for a class where all their work will be online. Execution had to be quick so I used canned templates aside from adding a masthead/footer. Pretty much did it in a day. http://learn.bowdoin.edu/sociology/soc022/blogs/


I'd stay away from smaller efforts like the one you linked. You can do plenty of tinkering/hacking/serious coding with the larger platforms of MT or WP and have longevity and a breadth of community.

ARL (Moderator) – February 04, 2009 06:04AM Reply Quote
Another question for rino and remy - would you go for the open-source developer version or the free individual blogger version at movabletype.com (I'm assuming the latter has some limitations).

And what's all this about movable type pro?

Which versions have you guys used?

rino – February 04, 2009 09:41AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Ugh -- they've been shifting their licenses so much every year and this year is no exception that they serve confusion to the enemy. The tiers make some sense but how do they get folk to pay for the pro version?

Basically the MTPro "blogger" or personal license (free) is what you want IMO. It gives you the ability to define custom fields (without hacking the software like we did in version 2.6) if you want or need custom data definitions. And the community profile stuff is in there too...

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