I just started with PHP. I read KY's book and a few others and finally feel like I am going to actually learn this. I have made a few sites with complete content management, mime mail, photogallery etc. and I would really love to use php for this next project.
I work at nights freelancing as a night auditor for various hotels on Miami Beach. Many of the hotels are pretty antiquated as far as their systems are concerned. Some do everything by hand because the std 5K per year license fee does not appeal to them. Others use the cookie cutter software that gives them way more functionality than they need. Its a mess wading through the clutter on the screen.
What I want to do is create an on-line service with PHP and MySQL and charge these hotels for using the system. I see certain advantages to having this thing on-line but some of the disadvantages might be what happens if they lose their connection for some reason or other. It seems like the only way to do this would be to keep it on the local machine in which case I don't know if its worth it.
Another question - is it possible to take the nicely formatted data on the browser screen and print it out
for example on a registration card so that it retains the correct format?
Let me know if you think this is a totally impractical idea. I like the idea of using php and MySQL to continue learning. I'm not really concerned from a financial standpoint just the technical perpective