Thanks to all for your suggestions.
RealBasic may be good, but It's too expensive for the moment, I'll definatly
keep Access in mind for letting others use the database, but as I don't have
I've got Apache, PHP, and PostGreSQL up and operational so we'll see what
I should try to provide a summry of what I've learned to the group, but I'm
not sure where to start.
Probably, other than make sure you read the manuals, the main things are to
install the three programs, and then test Apache by itself (can you see the
Apache test page?), and then test PHP with Apache(a good test is
phpinfo(). ) and finally get PHP to talk to PostgreSQL.
>>>>Now I need to figure out how to use the database. Is what I'm looking
>>>>for the front end?
>>>>I'm looking for a front end(?) that is relativly easy, cheap or
>>>>preferably free, and has fairly good abilities for formated output. I
>>>>would also like to be able to create a standalone application if
>>So what I'm looking for is a way to enter data and get
>>fairly good looking (well formated) reports.
>>I'd also like to be able
>>to create an aplication that I can give to a co-worker who is only
>>semi-computer literate. It doesn't really matter if it's all self
>>as long as it's all transperent to the end user.
> I had only back-end experience for a while, and then wanted to make an
> application also--perhaps similar to you.
> I like REALbasic. It has some quirks, but it's quite easy to use for
> someone who is not a professional programmer. However you're looking at a
> cost of a few hundred dollars. It will compile a standalone application
> for Mac, Windows, or Linux using the same code. I've done some
> crossplatform Mac/Windows stuff. Again, there are some quirks, but I
> think you're going to find those everywhere.
> As a free option, I believe you can use postgres with php with a web
> browser as the environment. THere are tons of books on php. However I
> found the syntax of REALbasic easier. I think RB is also more powerful
> when it comes to some things, although there are probably people who would
> argue with me about that. THe REALbasic "networked user group" or "nug"
> is a fabulous resource. You can get a free demo of RB. If you try it,
> start by writing some "hello world" applications (the tutorial is
> reasonably good) BEFORE jumping straight into database programming.
> HTH. I am also not a professional programmer.
> Allan Berger, DVM, PhD, MBA
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