Older blog entries for MartySchrader (starting at number 3)

I feel like a dope that I can't find a nicer implementation of The Complete Apache Package for English. EasyPHP (www.easyphp.org) has a nice one, but it helps tremendously if you speak, read, etc. Canadian French. There's also that Tech Platform thing, but it's a trial and not really free. Maybe some kind soul out there knows of a complete implementation for Win2K Server and Linux Shrike platforms that integrates Apache web server, Tomcat servlet container, PHP Apache module, Perl module, and MYSQL -- all in the same installable package.

MySQL is actually kinda simple if you don't want to get too involved. It's nice to find all this public domain and freebie PHP stuff that uses MySQL to handle all the information storage. Add a few variables in place of the fixed database username, password, table name, etc., and you have a configurable system. Add a front end through a simple HTML form and the end user can manipulate it. Is this stuff supposed to be this easy? What happens if the clients find out about that?

I'm an embedded systems guy, not some "IT professional" like you hear about in the TV commercials. So why can't I find any embedded systems work? Why am I stuck doing this PC support and web site design and web application kaka in <ack, thpth> Perl?!? I don't know nutheeng about SQL in general, and MySQL in particular. And am I gonna have a rough time talking my current web database app client into switching from Perl to PHP? Probably. Ick.

Doesn't anybody want to design a nice piece of medical diagnostics? Anybody?

19 Jan 2004 (updated 15 Jul 2004 at 22:36 UTC) »

I look forward to some kind soul or other certifying me. There are plenty of discussions and projects I'd like to contribute to here. Hey, I'm a conscientious Wikizen of the C2 Wiki, eh? Why not here as well?

As a side note, I finally realized why the PHP solution to a bread crumb trail for navigation wouldn't be possible without the use of cookies. Imagine for a moment that you have a PHP-generated page that has a bunch of links in it. Each of the links needs to be generated at serve time to include the back reference to the page containing the link so that the called page knows where to return to.

Now suppose that the page you are calling from was invoked the same way. Also presume that this (sub-)baseline page was invoked with a bunch of arguments to the PHP generator. Now string all those arguments into the generated links on the baseline page, then add even more arguments to the links for the called pages, etc.

You can see where this is going.

So, I gave up on it. I even thought about putting together a kinda limited implementation for the immediate client's needs, but thought better of it. There would be great weeping and gnashing of teeth if I used a cheapo solution like that and then later had to drop it because the page invocations got too complicated. Better to just forget the whole misguided approach now and settle for the stupid cookies.

Shucks and darn.

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