What I’m working on programmingwise

5 05 2008

Outputting MySQL records using AJAX to update the display without reloading the whole page.Adding records to the MySQL database using a simple form and some PHP.

You might hear me talking about “my sequel” and other things. No, I’m not working on yet ANOTHER sequel to Harry & Kumar go to White Castle. So relax. What I’m talking about is MySQL, an open-source database Thingy that I am toying with. It is something that comes with the territory of my GoDaddy hosting account, so I thought I’d play with it. This entails learning the PHP scripting language to access it and manipulate it via the outside world and the Internetwebs, and in turn includes stirring in many other technologies. Bundled together, they are referred to as Ajax. Javascript, XML, and more.

Isn’t it geeky?

The screencaps above show you the program I’m working on. Simple stuff. Add a record, display it. The cool thing is this is pretty much how other software, such as WordPress, etc., works at its core. You make a new record in a database every time you plug in a blog entry, such as I’m about to do now.

My dream, my goal, only not quite, is to devise (on my own and by Frankensteining a number of techniques) a streamlined interface for information sharing that I can play with. I haven’t yet figured out what it will be, but I hope it’s something that I can employ to automate certain tasks, as well as use at home and in my personal life to display information simply and elegantly. I don’t know how far I’ll get on this project, but it’s a fun way to learn, regardless.

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