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04-24-2007, 04:33 PM
I want to create a custom CMS for a new site this summer with features such as a system that automatically looks for phrases in articles in certain categories and replaces them with links that when the user onmouseovers uses AJAX to get a short preview of the page they will link to.

Where and how and what should I teach myself?

04-24-2007, 05:40 PM
If you're serious about it, buy a good book. I wouldn't read it cover to cover, but it will serve as a great introduction.

The system you're describing could be pretty complex, depending how you do it. If it has to take a screenshot of the page, it's going to be extremely complex (and would require knowledge of other languages). If you have a database of screenshots of all the pages, then I suppose it would be feasible.

Do you have any programming history?

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04-24-2007, 06:35 PM
I'm also looking to learn PHP. What php books do you guys recommend? I know I can read stuff on php.net but I want a book to refer to.

04-24-2007, 07:16 PM
Books and online tutorials are good to learn the basics and the syntax if you are completely new, but I've found that I've learned most by looking at other people's source code and trying things myself.
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