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Negus Live Linux Series Practical PHP and MySQL by Jono Bacon

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Chapter 5. Discussion Forums

Discussion forums have become a fundamental part of the Internet. Within these Web-based message boards, users discuss topics that are cogitated over by a close community of contributors. And within these discussion forums, Internet users can become part of a wider community. Discussion forums offer a compelling and interesting challenge to code. Features such as creating categories, forums, and topics; replying to messages; registering users; and more are common requirements.

After you’ve created a blog, writing the code behind a discussion board is a natural progression of your skills because it introduces the idea of two-way communication, as opposed to the relatively one-way perspective offered by a blog. As such, ...

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