Hello guys! This is my first post and I am excited to be on the most famous forum site on internet...
Our Database Management Systems course instructor asked us what would we be creating for our semester project, and I replied here that I am interested in creating a forum that runs in our college intranet servers. The problem is I am a complete n00b in MySQL and PHP and have no idea about anything other than knowing that these two are used to create forums.
After a quick search in our forum to check if similar posts have been made before, I found out things like PHPBB and noticed people talking about some commercial systems like vB etc., but I can't use commercial things since it's a project and we have to design our forum. I am not sure whether I can use PHPBB - because I have to show her that I did some work related to databases, administration, and transaction sorts of things through my project - and I don't think there would be much database design etc. if I use something "ready made" like that.
I am also thinking of using JQuery in the forum for things like username checking while registration and search engine webcrawlers.
I want you experts out there to help me in this regard...
1. Is creating a forum on my own a bad idea?
2. Is the combination of PHP, MySQL, JQuery enough to create a perfect database working behind the forum or do we need to learn something else?
I don't think I can use content management systems like joomla or wordpress in my project as that would make the project look too shallow and it might get rejected.
3. How to start off creating a basic forum?