Posted 24 September 2006 - 12:35 AM
I have considered taking on some kind of project, a big project, but what? Not another website, but maybe a software? Forums are out of the question, but perhaps content management? ideas on what I should do to learn new functions? I figured content managment because there is so much it has to be able to do, right?
Posted 24 September 2006 - 01:13 AM
Posted 24 September 2006 - 01:27 AM
Posted 24 September 2006 - 06:31 AM
larger project i'd like to eventually start: somehow making a 3d model of the internet. Not necessarily of every website out there, but maybe websites retrieved from a search, or something. Or maybe of the whole damn thing after all. I've always dreamed of surfing the internet in 3d. Gotta love those sci-fi books
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Posted 24 September 2006 - 10:10 AM
otherwise, many of the other functions i've learned are from the php.net manual itself - especially from the bit that says 'See also...'. i just come across functions and think 'Ah, that'll be useful for what I'm doing'. I'm not worried though about not having 'mastered' it, as you get to the stage where you have enough under your belt to pretty much achieve anything you want. other functions exist to make things 'better' or 'easier', but there are so many that you can generally complete a good project without even looking at.
one thing i've also noticed in programming/coding is that when you're doing a project, sometimes you do think to yourself "there MUST be a function for this" - and then it's generally just a case of finding out its name and parameters it uses. like you already KNOW what the language can do without yet knowing the details.
I say old chap, that is rather amusing!
Posted 24 September 2006 - 06:10 PM
Posted 24 September 2006 - 07:20 PM
The other way I learned more PHP was being pushed by my co-workers to do more and better things. My first login system was built after a request to have an application that was restricted on many levels. My first big project in arrays was dealing with a graphing tool that I built to handle several tens of thousands of data points. My first CMS came about from one of my personal clients wanting a way to update their own content without needing me. Etc, etc.
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 03:20 AM
He learned more MYSQL functions and SMTP functions by doing this. I still know basically nothing about SMTP and didn't even think about just doing it for kicks.
If your a hands on person that learns better by 'doing' rather than 'reading' then it'd be easier and better if you just created applications around certain functions. That way you learn every inch of the functions use.. or so you think :-P
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