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PHP 5 Social Networking by Michael Peacock

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Rolling your own

Throughout the course of this book, we are going to create our own social networking site from scratch (sometimes referred to as rolling your own) using PHP, as opposed to using an existing system, product, or platform (such as Drupal and its social networking modules, Elgg, or leveraging existing social networks such as Facebook).

Why roll your own?

There are a number of very popular and successful social networking websites and social networking products out there, so why would we want to create our own? Some of the benefits for us using our own social networking system are as follows:

  • Easier to update and maintain: As we built it, we will know exactly how it works and so we can easily extend and maintain it.
  • Licensing: Other products ...

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