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ITWorld: Setting up a Linux-based Website, Part 3

Apr 14, 2001, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"I've been modifying PHP-Nuke 4.4.1a for use as the publishing system for VarLinux.org and Petreley.org, which is a site I'm doing in my off-hours....PHP-Nuke is a Weblog publishing system, written in PHP, with MySQL as the database back end."

"To be fair, PHP-Nuke's programmers may not have deliberately taken a disorganized approach; they may have simply fallen into some common PHP traps. Although it is entirely possible to build a modular Website with PHP, the language tends to discourage modularity because PHP code integrates right into HTML."

"That is why PHP is simultaneously irresistible and prone to disorganization. It is irresistible because with PHP, you can crank out MySQL data and turn it into a page of information more easily than with just about any other Web-programming system. It is prone to disorganization because the HTML opening formatting tags that you create inside a PHP function are often completed by other PHP functions. That means that every time you change the opening formatting tags, you have to find every occurrence where the closing tags must match. The format tags that get you into trouble most often are the table, row, and data tags. If you don't handle those tags properly, many of your page elements will be scattered into the wrong places."

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