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07-05-2008, 05:13 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Orlando, FL
Building a CMS for your own personal use is a great way to run into problems. You'll run into databasing issues, scalability, reusability and application design. All of these problems are very necessary to run into and tackle as you move forward in becoming a better developer. If you feel you're up for making a basic CMS, be sure to do proper planning up front and stick to it. I recommend using PHP5, so pickup a book teaching that. The one that I recommend to new developers is php|arcitech's Zend Certification Guide. It's a lot like a textbook and will really tell you what you should know but are never told in the generic books and especially on the internet.
In my opinion, start of with something simple like a blog and work from there. Its the typical thing to build... if you want to do it right (imo, for the most part)... try out this tutorial.. its long but its good, it'll be quite the challenge for you but everyone needs a good challenge. :)
An Example Zend Framework Blog Application - Part 1: Introductory Planning - Maugrim The Reaper's Blog
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