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    Hello everyone,

    It has been a long time since I have been on this forum. Anyway lol I figured id could come back for a reliable answer to a question I have been wondering for quite some time. Since this is literally one of the only forums that I have ever seen were the members are not 1/3rd as ignorant as the rest of the internet users. Right... To the point sorry!


    I went to school a few years ago for 2 semesters with the major of computer science, having a hard time managing social life and academics I change my major to undecided and transferred home to community college. Long story short I have old java programming textbooks and fundamentals of computer structures textbooks. (maybe a few others but I'm not sure.) Point being I want to start a website I rented a PHP and MYSQL book from the library and I have begun reading it. So this is completely different then anything I have ever learned. I was wondering I want a not so basic website, with video functionality in it, and the ability to house a large group of people who visit the site on the regular. Its going to hopefully be a community of individuals looking to better their habits in, health, fitness and various other things like that. This is not me advertising it but this is just me wondering what programming language do you think would be best to learn... Because I know that a lot of websites, have specific languages that go best with them. For example simple websites can use HTML even though extremely out dated most basic HTML sites but if it works why fix it.


    I appreciate the responses in advance I will be back on this thread later today to hopefully get some insite as to any books I may need to go purchase at the local Barnes and Nobles or rent at the library! Thanks all


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    I like PHP (and MySQL). It is a bit "hacky" (like Perl) and quite simple which means you can write code quickly. But you can also write really, really bad code if you are not disciplined. Java is also a good choice. I don't have much experience of Ruby or Python but others speak highly of them.

    But, to be honest, I think the language should be the last thing you worry about. Start with the spec and design of what you want to achieve.

    Also look at existing web frameworks and content management systems. You might find that gets you started much more quickly than writing everything from scratch; you can then concentrate on coding to add the extra functions you need (if there aren't already plugins to do it). One you have chosen the framework or CMS, then that makes the language decision for you! Alternatively, you can choose the language and the narrow down the framework/CMS to suit (there are so many, there is something to be said for that).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post

    Also look at existing web frameworks and content management systems. You might find that gets you started much more quickly than writing everything from scratch; you can then concentrate on coding to add the extra functions you need (if there aren't already plugins to do it). One you have chosen the framework or CMS, then that makes the language decision for you! Alternatively, you can choose the language and the narrow down the framework/CMS to suit (there are so many, there is something to be said for that).
    Thank you first off. I just have a question by frameworks do you mean like Dreamweaver type of a program? Or do you mean like a website that allows you to build a website using a "website builder" or what ever those are.
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