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Start Coding: Server-Side Web Project

The vast majority of websites are built using a mix of client-side and server-side technology.

In fact, some of the most popular website (Google and Twitter for example) present a distinctly minimal user interface. Here all the clever stuff going on at the server end.

Arguably it's a little harder to get started in server development. But it doesn't take too long. And it's the only choice for data-driven scenarios, such as product comparison information and e-commerce catalogues.

First you'll need a web server. Apache is a popular choice and offers everything required for a content-rich, high-performing web service.

But there's quite a few free, open source web servers around. Most come pre-configured with at least one server-side development language (invariably PHP), and a working SQL database (typically MySQL).

PHP is a powerful and flexible scripting language, with a rich library of web-friendly functionality and built-in database support. Yet it's also easy to learn. PHP source code can be embedded inside an HTML file or stored in separate '.php' files.

Another approach is to use a template-centric PHP framework. This allows the developer to focus on high level design and page content. A popular example is the open source Drupal product.

Databases are the key to efficient information management. An SQL database stores data in tables, each table designed for a specific purpose. SQL's english-like statements are easy to learn - for example CREATE, INSERT, UPDATE and SELECT.

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