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Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache: All in One, Third Edition by Julie Meloni

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Chapter 21. Creating a Simple Discussion Forum

In this chapter, you’ll learn the design process behind a simple discussion forum. This includes developing the database tables and user input forms, and displaying the results. When broken into pieces like this, such a task seems simple—and it is! The ultimate goal is to understand the concepts and relationships that go into making something like a discussion forum, not to create the world’s most full-functioned system—in fact, you’ll see it’s sparse, but it sure is relational.

In this chapter, you will learn how to create the tables, input forms, and display of a simple discussion forum.

Designing the Database Tables

Think of the basic components of a forum: topics and posts. A forum—if properly used ...

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