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I would like to create a web page in an internal network that keeps track of the status of machines. This info needs to be updated once per shift. There will be several people updating it and the most current results need to be posted on the page.

I don't know what this application is called (database, form, forum, etc) so I haven't had much luck searching for a solution. If someone could get me started I suspect I could take it from there and figure it out. Thanks.

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I don't think there is any specific name for what you want to create, I guess it'd just be a custom application on an intranet...

This should be acheiveable with a basic to intermediate understanding of PHP and MySQL. You should be able to learn the required skills from a half decent book on the subject. It would just be a case of a database with a few input forms and a few scripts to pull back the data to display it when required.

Oh, and if this is going on your company network, you will need a server installed to serve the system. Searching for something like 'Installing WAMP' (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) should find you details on setting the server up.

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Does the data created about the machines status need to recorded for posterity or can you dump it afterwards...
If the data needs to be stored ..use a database...and time stamp each entry as it goes in.

You can create 1 webpage using php designed form to enter the data directly into the database. You can then use another table to output the data and view it. You can order the data by date or by who entered it...just about by anyway as long as you stored the info first...

So you dont need any application ...you will need a webserver(apache is good) installed on the network that can process php pages. And a installation of mySQL if thats the database that you choose to use. Both are public GNU but read the licence to make sure your use falls into the right category.

I use a package called WAMP on my windows based machine to test all my code before I upload to the www. Google wamp for windows. or LAMP if u use linux. I think there is a package for mac as well but I dont know the name..

Lev

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