Forms

H

Helpful person

I have at last understood how to write a reasonable web site (at least
to my standards). I would like to learn how to set up a page using
forms to allow direct input into a database (or excel) file. I have
almost zero knowledge of databases but am proficient at excel,
including VBA.

Can someone recommend any books or good on line resources (starting
from a fairly simple level) that will allow me to write useable
forms? I have no problems with the HTML /CSS but need to learn how to
recover the data. It is important for me to understand which methods
are "good practice" and which are not. Will I need to learn a server
side scripting language, and if so, which is most universal and
suitable for this task?

How difficult a task is this for someone who is generally computer and
software savvy?

Thanks,

www.richardfisher.com
 
A

Adrienne Boswell

Gazing into my crystal ball I observed Helpful person <[email protected]>
writing in @n19g2000vba.googlegroups.com:
I have at last understood how to write a reasonable web site (at least
to my standards). I would like to learn how to set up a page using
forms to allow direct input into a database (or excel) file. I have
almost zero knowledge of databases but am proficient at excel,
including VBA.

Never allow data from a client directly into a database. Always validate
the data on the server. Read up on SQL Injection and its prevention.
Can someone recommend any books or good on line resources (starting
from a fairly simple level) that will allow me to write useable
forms? I have no problems with the HTML /CSS but need to learn how to
recover the data. It is important for me to understand which methods
are "good practice" and which are not. Will I need to learn a server
side scripting language, and if so, which is most universal and
suitable for this task?

You will definately need to learn a server side language. If you already
know VBA, Classic ASP might be a good starting point, or you could go
directly to another. PHP is a good server side language, and pretty easy
to learn.

If you have no knowledge of databases either, then you will also want to
learn SQL - datebases differ but you should be okay once you know the
core language.

Although the HTML at W3Schools leaves a lot to be desired, their lessons
on server side languages are enough to get your feet wet.
How difficult a task is this for someone who is generally computer and
software savvy?

It's a never ending journey, there is always something new to learn.
 
N

Nico Schuyt

Helpful person wrote :
I have at last understood how to write a reasonable web site (at least
to my standards). I would like to learn how to set up a page using
forms to allow direct input into a database (or excel) file. I have
almost zero knowledge of databases but am proficient at excel,
including VBA.

Can someone recommend any books or good on line resources (starting
from a fairly simple level) that will allow me to write useable
forms? I have no problems with the HTML /CSS but need to learn how to
recover the data. It is important for me to understand which methods
are "good practice" and which are not. Will I need to learn a server
side scripting language, and if so, which is most universal and
suitable for this task?

The combination of PHP and MySQL is a good choice. A book like 'PHP and
MySQL for starters' will give all the necessary information.
Or have a look at http://www.freewebmasterhelp.com/tutorials/phpmysql for an
introduction.
To install PHP, MySQL, Apache etc on your PC, try a package like Xammp:
http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
How difficult a task is this for someone who is generally computer and
software savvy?

If you have experience with VBA , programming in PHP/MySQL shouldn't be a
problem.
Before starting you should read something about database design. For example
articles like http://www.plop68.nl/ebooks/weblinux/sql/ch02_01.htm

Good luck!
 
H

Helpful person

Thanks for all the replys. It seems that I should learn sql and php.
This is probably too much of a task for me right now. I think I'll
start with some easy reading and see how I progress.

www.richardfisher.com
 
D

dorayme

Helpful person said:
I think I'll
start with some easy reading and see how I progress.

I looked at some of the Enid Blyton books I used to read recently. I
can't understand how I could have read The Famous Five or The Secret
Seven. Ever. But I can easily understand how I could have read about
Noddy and Big Ears though. As for Biggles, well I can still read Biggles
and not be ashamed for myself.
 
H

Helpful person

I looked at some of the Enid Blyton books I used to read recently. I
can't understand how I could have read The Famous Five or The Secret
Seven. Ever. But I can easily understand how I could have read about
Noddy and Big Ears though. As for Biggles, well I can still read Biggles
and not be ashamed for myself.

Same books that I used to read. However, Enid Blyton's Noddy would
now be considered politically incorrect today. (Remember Robertson's
jams?)

www.richardfisher.com
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Members online

No members online now.

Forum statistics

Threads
473,754
Messages
2,569,520
Members
44,996
Latest member
rainocode

Latest Threads

Top