I think source forge and php foundry are over my head, swirlee. Certainly, this page,
that claims to answer the question "what is a foundry" didn't provide an explanation that I could understand.
I started at this page
and clicked "next" until I got up to this page.
Took me about 2 8-hour days to read it and understand about 95% of it.
I practiced what I learned there, using a test database, a MySQL database, om my web site at OurHernias.org. And of course, using phpMyAdmin, I looked over the 29 tables in the database that the message board, http://OurHernias.org/phpBB2
, reads to and writes from.
All I am learning now is using MySQL Monitor; using SQL queries within php to query a MySQL database; using html forms and php for insterting data into a MySQL database; and using phpMyAdmin to administer a MySQL database. A side benefit is that I can query MS Access with SQL queries instead of using the MS access menus, but I wouldn't say I am learning much about MS Acces. I just want to be able to create forms, using html and php, so that people can enter and retrieve info into and from MySQL databases consisting of a handful of tables, maybe 1/2 a dozen -- not big databases with 100's ot tables -- i'll never do that as a student.
I don't anticipate ever becoming really good at this -- I just want to be able to make databases of, say, names, addresses and phone numbers; people's video collections; store inventories; medical records; and simple stuff like that. I don't think I can get much more knowhow than that by education, only by on-the-job training and experience. I can only stand education so long. Then it has to get real, or I run into a mental block.