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[11] PHP and the Latest News from the Front Line

Literally, the other day, I finished a university course that was called Web and Game technologies basics. It included a brief introduction of the PHP, MariaDB, Linux (Bash), and some server-side interactions as well.

To be honest, I had huge prejudices about PHP as a modern programming language. So, I was surprised when I heard what language was chosen for this course. For some reason, PHP always reminded me of times when I tried to make simple sites while going to school in early 2000. Anyway, it turned out, that in some sense, PHP is really an obsolete language with a strange syntax. But, on the other hand, it still has a large amount of code written on it and remains in demand.

The general assignment on the course was an implementation of a website, with which the user can view the price catalog of a local liquor store. It was also necessary that the user can be able to filter the search results in a few different ways. It was a difficult enough assignment for a beginner like me, especially given that I haven’t made anything with PHP before.

To complete the assignment, I had to create a container on the school server. Install there the PHP support, PHPMyAdmin, and database (MariaDB) as well as the webserver (Lighttpd). After that, I had to turn the given .csv file with the catalog into a database. Finally, when I had a working database with the right data, I could build the website using PHP. At last, I got the result, which meets most of the requirements, but nevertheless has certain flaws.

On the image below you can see an example of the interface.

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P.S.

As you might know, Hacktoberfest is almost over. So, you understand what I mean (t-shirt).

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