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Which Version to Learn On

I have SuSE linux 9.1, with:

apache2-mod_php4-4.3.4-26
apache2-2.0.49-23

Is this a good platform to start learning PHP, or should I upgrade to PHP 5?

I have Oracle installed. Can I use it, or should I install mysql? Does it
matter?

Jul 17 '05 #1
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On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 10:19:07 -0500, "Buck Turgidson"
<jc***@hotmail.com> wrote:
I have SuSE linux 9.1, with:

apache2-mod_php4-4.3.4-26
apache2-2.0.49-23

Is this a good platform to start learning PHP, or should I upgrade to PHP 5?
Always better to learn on the newest stable version.
I have Oracle installed. Can I use it,

Yes.
or should I install mysql?
Yes.
Does it matter?

Expanding your skillset matters. Learn both. Maybe a third.

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Jul 17 '05 #2
Gary L. Burnore wrote:
On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 10:19:07 -0500, "Buck Turgidson"
<jc***@hotmail.com> wrote:
I have SuSE linux 9.1, with:

apache2-mod_php4-4.3.4-26
apache2-2.0.49-23

Is this a good platform to start learning PHP, or should I upgrade to
PHP 5?


Always better to learn on the newest stable version.


PHP5 is the latest stable version but I personally would recommend to
learn with a version of 4.3.x because the majority of web hosts still
only host PHP4 sites, and there are some backward compatibility issues
between 5 and 4, so at this stage it's still easier to develop in 4.

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Jul 17 '05 #3
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On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 10:19:07 -0500, "Buck Turgidson"
<jc***@hotmail.com> wrote:
I have SuSE linux 9.1, with:

apache2-mod_php4-4.3.4-26
apache2-2.0.49-23

Is this a good platform to start learning PHP, or should I upgrade to PHP
5?
Always better to learn on the newest stable version.


Which is PHP 4.3. PHP 5 is far from stable.

Jul 17 '05 #4
.oO(Buck Turgidson)
I have SuSE linux 9.1, with:

apache2-mod_php4-4.3.4-26
apache2-2.0.49-23

Is this a good platform to start learning PHP, or should I upgrade to PHP 5?
Stay with PHP4 for a while (but consider an upgrade to a more recent
version, 4.3.9 is the latest, 4.3.10 is coming), it's considered stable
and recommended for production systems. PHP5 is still quite new (only a
few months old). While it's officially released for production servers,
I wouldn't use it yet.

Additionally the main differences between v4 and v5 concern the more
advanced features like OOP and exception handling - not really the stuff
for a beginner.

Of course you could install both to play around with the "new" PHP.
I have Oracle installed. Can I use it, or should I install mysql? Does it
matter?


Oracle is a rather heavy weight db. As long as you don't want to store
millions of customer records along with billions of e-mails you should
consider using MySQL (4.1 was released recently, but I would stay with
4.0.x for a while) or PostgreSQL.

Micha
Jul 17 '05 #5

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