i'm heading down the same development route. you may
want to look into using adodb as a database
abstraction layer. you never know when it may make
sense to use a different database to host your work.
adodb can simplify the work required to change the
i think i will use that route to develop my future
--- Afton & Ray Still <rastill(at)shaw(dot)ca> wrote:
> 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
> Thanks everyone
> >>>>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
> >>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
> > --
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