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The website technology supporting Philadelphia Reflections is PHP, MySQL and DHTML. The web hosting service is Internet Planners. The development of this website has provided an opportunity to learn new technology, to try out different techniques for getting noticed by the search engines and the trials and tribulations of dealing with malicious hackers and spammers who range from the annoying to the abusive. This collection of articles documents some of our experiences and we hope that people surfing the web looking for solutions to problems we've encountered will benefit.

DHTML, PHP and MySQL References

Start with

DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web:
Visual QuickStart Guide
by Jason Cranford Teague

DHTML = HTML + CSS + DOM + JavaScript

This book will get you up and running quickly with client-side programming.

Then you need to learn server-side programming.

PHP is an open source server-side scripting language that is easy to learn and very powerful. MySQL is the same ... open source relational database.

The text book for these technologies is

PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites:
Visual QuickPro Guide
by Larry Ullman

Master those two books and you'll be creating very powerful scripts on both the client and server side that produce dynamic and elegant results.

While you're in the process of doing this, you will constantly need to reference manuals for syntax, functions, etc. There are many, but two will suffice for 90% of what you need:

PHP Manual

W3 Schools

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