Friday, August 05, 2005

Have you ever....

Have you ever tried to teach yourself something new?

That's what I'm doing now. I'm trying to teach myself PHP. For those of you that have no idea what that is, join the club.

Seriously, PHP, means PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor and is an HTML-embedded scripting language. And yes, I got this from another site, PHP: General Information Manual. After all, you really didn't expect me to know that right off the top of my head did you?

Now that we have that out of the way, let me try to explain as best as I can what that says and since I have no idea what I'm doing, I'll probably get it wrong. PHP is a supposedly simple way to use a database to run a website. For example, all these forums that are such a big hit are all run using the PHP language.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that I might not be the brightest light bulb in a box, but I'm by no means the dimmest. But this stuff makes me feel like an absolute idiot. With some help from a few wonderful friends, I've managed to teach myself html, how to take apart and put back together computers, find almost anything I want on the internet and a few other things. I have people trying to help me do this as well, but it seems like it's going right over my head. If I was trying to swim, I would definitely be drowning!!!!!

I love learning new things and figured this would be no different, boy was I ever wrong.

I figure by now, you're asking yourself why I want to learn this when it's giving me such a hard time. The reason is actually pretty simple, I want to build a website that is run like a forum, only it will be slightly different. People will be able to come post on this site, hopefully, if I ever get it finished, which is why I need PHP to run it. Plain html just won't do it. Believe me, if it would, I wouldn't be sitting here bald from pulling my hair out from trying to learn this.

I've done all kinds of research on this. I've checked html, JavaScript, and PHP. PHP is the only website language that will function like I want.

I'm supposed to be studying php right now, but decided to come here instead and let you know that I'M GOING CRAZY from trying to learn it.

No, this isn't a cry for help from anyone, just a chance to fuss about what a headache I'm getting. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have this hard of a time learning this. I mean, after all, I've taught myself a lot of other things. What makes PHP so different? It's not like it's brain surgery or being a rocket scienctist.

Oh well, I guess I've ranted enough for tonight. I really need to get back to PHP for DUMMIES. I'm determined to learn this and I promise not to kill anyone just because I've lost my mind because I can't understand this stuff. I'm not that far gone yet, just getting there.

I hope you have a great weekend and God Bless.

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