In the absence of, well, work, I’ve been trying to teach myself PHP and MySQL. Partly because it’s stuff I just want to know–ever since I gave up on Hypercard, I’ve felt a sort of phantom-limb syndrome whenever I need to algorithmically process a batch of text or something. And I’ve got some ideas for projects that I think might be fun. Partly because I might be able to turn this into an alternate revenue stream.
The book I’m working from seems to be pretty good, as far as it goes, but after doing a little poking around in the PHP documentation, I realize the book barely scratches the surface of the tip of the iceberg. I’m still at the point of getting a feel for the semantics and data types–not doing much beyond “Hello World!” tests. But I’ll get there.