I'd like to create my own online text turn-based strategy game (similar to http://games.swirve.com/earth/). This will be one of my summer projects.:)
The problem is that I've never programmed anything in my life.
1) Do you think PHP would be the best language? I've read the pro/cons on several sites, and PHP looks the best, but Earth2025 (one of the most popular) is programmed in CGI.
2) Can anyone suggest a beginner's book that will teach me everything I need to know to program the game?
3) Do you think there is a chance that I could finish the game by the end of the summer?
Thanks for the help :)