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    A couple of really newbie questions.

    Hi All,

    I'm a long time web developer first time php developer. I've just order the php/mysql 3rd edition book from the sitepoint website.

    I basically have a project that I'm being asked to developed so this will be my first attempt at it.. while the book is being shipped though (should be here sometime this week), I had a coulpe of questions that I hope some more experienced people can help me with.

    Okay, first this is the project idea:
    I work as the webmaster of a city-wide library system, we are looking for a way to present our library programs in a searchable way to our users. Currently we simply just post it as static HTML pages.

    But now we want to have them searchable by date, location, age range and a few other options.

    So I've been wanting to learn php/mysql for sometime and figured this would be a good way to get started with this project.

    My questions are:

    1) Is this type of an application too much to take on as a newbie?
    2) Will I run into any security issues using this type of script on a site getting 80,000 visitors a month?
    3) Is there other resources (forums/tutorials/threads) that I should look at for help as a newbie that you would recommend?

    Thanks all...
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    -Jeremy Foster

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    It sounds like a fairly reasonable project for a 'newbie' to me. You should be able to break it down into manageble chunks/steps.
    Your security issues will come from user input in the main so be sure to read up on validating/escaping user input.

    Here's a few links that maybe of use:

    http://www.sklar.com/page/article/owasp-top-ten
    http://wact.sourceforge.net/index.ph...cationSecurity
    http://forums.devnetwork.net/viewforum.php?f=34
    http://shiflett.org/talks/oscon2004/...g-php-sessions

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    Thanks for the links... just took a quick look and I've bookmarked them for later reading once I get going on this.
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    -Jeremy Foster


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