Web Data Entry Application

Tom Lobb
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I'd like to get advice about what development environment to use to develop a web data entry application. I have over 40 years of programming experience, but have never developed for the web. This is likely the only application that I'm going to develop. I had one suggestion to use Apache/PHP/MySQL, which seems reasonable. But recently read about other solutions than MAMP (I use a Mac). Is it useful to also use something like Wordpress?

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With your programming experience, you will be able to skip over parts of this article and just focus on the important web-and-PHP-specific learning resources.
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/11769/And-by-the-way-I-am-New-to-PHP.html

Data entry typically takes the form of HTML forms and PHP action scripts.  The PHP action scripts usually save the data in a database.  Depending on what you want to do with the data, there may be no real advantage to using WordPress.  It's a blogging platform, but gets "pressed" into service for other activities, too.

One thing to consider... If this is likely your only web application, the year or so it will take you to become proficient in PHP may not be worth it.  You might want to consider hiring an expert who already knows all this stuff.  E-E has Gigs for just that need.
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WordPress may or may be useful to you, it would depend on the exact nature of the application.

You'll certainly be able to get a web site up and running with WordPress without too much effort and it has a bunch of plugins (extension) that could almost completely remove the need for programming depending on how the data needs to be stored and manipulated.

That being said, WordPress (or any other CMS package) might be overkill for an internal or non-public application.
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Thank you for your input. If the application was urgent, I'd definitely contract someone to do it. But seeing as I'm now retired, and I love programming, I'll give it a try. Also, it's a re-write of an Access database that I wrote 15 years ago.

Is MAMP as good an environment to install as anything else, or is there another one to consider?
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MAMP is a great place to start.  It's a platform for running Apache, MySQL and PHP.
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Thanks for your help

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