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Suggestions for my own database project - which front-end ?

 
Andy Jack
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I am thinking of learning databases by making "some kind of front end" that would make use of this database. I think I might not learn much DB skills by just reading books and making a DB project. If I make something like a website which needs to use a DB, i might get lots of use cases which will need complex DB operations. That approach, I think will let me learn more than just creating a DB and imagining operations and making queries for those operations. Besides. looking at a database GUI tool all the time is boring.

Does this idea sound good ? If yes, then how should i go about making a front-end - HTML, JavaScript, PHP what ?
 
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Well, naturally you should use some technology which you already understand well. Otherwise your project of learning about databases will get mixed up with another project of learning some other new technology.

So that would exclude HTML and Javascript -- if you knew them well you would already know that they aren't capable of accessing databases. Are you reasonably good at PHP?
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:Well, naturally you should use some technology which you already understand well. Otherwise your project of learning about databases will get mixed up with another project of learning some other new technology.

So that would exclude HTML and Javascript -- if you knew them well you would already know that they aren't capable of accessing databases. Are you reasonably good at PHP?


No, I don't know PHP. But I guess I could learn enough basics of PHP to do the project. I saw an O'reilly book "learning javascript, php, mySQL". Maybe this book could be helpful.
JS cannot access databases came as a surprise to me.
 
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Andy Jack wrote:JS cannot access databases came as a surprise to me.

Technically it can. You can use JavaScript to access MongoDB. And sure many others. However, this is servers side JavaScript which isn't used very broadly. Especially when compared to client side JavaScript. Since you mentioned HTML with JavaScript, it was evident you were talking about client side.
 
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