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So this is how it begins...

by: lingh0e
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Mar., 09 2007 (6:36 pm)

I had dabbled in the actual design of web pages a little back in the mid to late nineties... back when things like frames were still cool. Aside from some basic HTML (frames, tables, forms), I never really blossomed as a web site coder. I decided I'd stick with the front-end aspect of web design (I know Photoshop inside and out).

A few months ago, while fiddling with the options on my website's administrative panel, I noticed it had a phpBB option. I activated it just for sh*ts n' giggles, and quickly became confused when the CP started asking me about SQL tables, etc etc... but I figured out the basics pretty quick and managed to install a functioning copy of phpBB.

Out of more boredom, I started scoping out the phpBB sites, looking for ways to customize the boring-ass look of the forum, expand it's capabilities etc. I found a few "hacks" that said they'd accomplish what I wanted, so I gave 'em a try. They were all pretty straight forward, step by step instructions on which pages to modify, what to replace where, what tables to create etc. I was amazed at how easy it was change the guts of the system around, but I had a crapload of trouble when it came to customizing the front-end of the site.

After fighting with pages worth of PHP and CSS that I didn't really understand, I decided to just start over from scratch. I went out and bought a couple books ("learn php in 24 hours" and "CSS for dummies"), but I've so far found it much more worthwhile to get my lessons off the net.

This about brings things up to speed. I have spent the past few weeks browsing various PHP sites, cutting and pasting bits of code when I found something that looked like what I was looking for. It wasn't until I came to this site and looked through some of the tutorials that things finally started to click.

I sit here today actually trying my hand at writing my own code... and it's very slow going, but I am determined to make it work.

I think I'll use this blog as a periodic progress report. Hopefully you will be able to watch me as I become a competent code monkey someday.

And yeah, I tend to ramble a lot.

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