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Need my web page to search database and display results - where can I get learning in this area?

Posted on 2006-07-05
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I have a web page page application that requires searching a (not yet created) database and display the results.

Would be similiar to user entry of a state abbreviation - web page looks up that state in a not yet created database, the database provides the names of municipalities in the state.  web page looks up each municipality in a not yet created database and displays statistics for each of the municipalities.

I have done the same thing in standalone (not web based) applications - foxpro and dbase....

Any recommendations will be appreciated...  what apps to use, etc....   Thank you!   Jim
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usachrisk1983 earned 63 total points
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You should look at what your web server supports.  Is it inhouse or external?  

My language of choice is ColdFusion, but that's not free.  If you live in a Microsoft World, then ASP will connect to a database and get data.  If you're in the world of Linux and Apache, then PHP is a solution as well.  That's not to say that PHP wont run on Windows, but if you're hosting on a "paid for" server, it's likely to already have PHP installed.

As a developer, you should look at a) what you know now, b) what you wouldn't mind learning, and c) what you have available or could get for a price within your budget.
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I currently use 1and1.com for web hosting..

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So it sounds like PHP coding (you need some sort of server-side scripting) accessing a MySQL database is the way to go.  How about http://www.freewebmasterhelp.com/tutorials/phpmysql as a starting point?
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