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O'Reilly:
Designing a database-driven PHP App? Don't Forget the Data!!
May 01, 2006 @ 07:18:06

On the O'Reilly Network's PHP blog today, there's a new post bk jones that looks at the other side of application design, from the data's perspective.

If you have a sourceforge account, and are on your way to becoming the best thing to happen to the web since Yahoo or Google, then I beg of you to put a call out for people who understand database design fundamentals.

Here's the story: If you're a PHP developer, I don't really want you to learn how to design a database. No, really. I don't. I want you to write PHP. There are few people who do both things extremely well, because both take a good bit of time. If you're a PHP developer, I want you to write code that'll make my head spin. However, the path to greatness is to be conscious of your own ignorance - so just acknowledge that you've never done or studied database design, and go find someone who has!

He mentions three misconceptions to consider and avoid when developing a PHP application:

  • The interface determines database design
  • "I only need a small, simple database"
  • "More tables makes for harder coding"

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