“It’s like when Quagmire drunk-dials me…”

D’ya ever have one of those web sites– your own site, of course– which you forget about, which every so often you recall only for an Awesome Bar pop-up, or the URL auto-completion pop-up in your web browser, or any means of stumbling-upon-things easily forgotten, which– upon investigation– is revealed to be a veritable embarrassment (if not provoking of a genuine, Homer Simpson-esque “Doh!” moment)? No, you say? The Hell you say!

I say with tongue-in-cheek earnest, “why, yes Geoffrey, that kind of thing happens to me, and I ‘Keep comin up with funky-ass-shit, like every single day’!”

In the spirit of jest this day, I offer the reader have a look at something I composed– in fact, as the predecessor to NoviceNotes™— in early 2006, as a companion to the most deliberate of my studies in web application development, where I was probably first formally introduced to the concept of programming for stateful web applications.

All joking aside with Goofy’s concern, I believe it comes down to little gratification in authoring something of that nature; which at least mirrors the presentation of concepts already published in Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL, the book. As author, I confide in the notion that my content is at best a thorough review of the book, with excerpts; at worst, a fine set of notes for quick reference of PHP and MySQL application development.

Have yourself a look at my extensive notes while reading one of the fine books available from O’Reilly. It is unfortunate, I must warn, the content there is a disheartening example of the rapidity of change in the technology which drives web applications (e.g. the book features extensive use of the deprecated, albeit formerly default “ON”, PHP.ini directive: register_globals). In fact, just momentarily while writing this article, I remember– vaguely– why it appears I did maintain any notes, beyond Chapter 6. If memory serves, and I recall correctly, I encountered so many issues in attempt to make my PHP 5 system backwards-compatible with the PHP 4 code used in the book, I abandoned the notes, for thinking they’d be of little use in future reference. As it turns out, much of the content– not code, but concepts of application and software design– remains relevant. Furthermore, the book is very well written, I am reminded as I reviewed some of it today (2011, February), from its official O’reilly web site.


In reference to the book, Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQLWilliams, Hugh E. and David Lane. Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL. Sebastopol: O’Reilly & Associates, Inc., 2002

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