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PHP FAQ Request

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Since there is no FAQ document specifically for this group I have
started to publish one. It can be found here:

http://www.kaomso.com/documents/phpfaq.html

Item "General: 4" describes how to suggest new items and changes from
this thread.

http://www.kaomso.com/documents/phpfaq.html#General:4

Your thoughts and suggestions are encouraged. Thank you.

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www.kaomso.com
Jul 17 '05 #1
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"Scott Orsburn" <scottso_no@spam_maclaunch.com> wrote in message
news:cp*********@enews2.newsguy.com...
Since there is no FAQ document specifically for this group I have
started to publish one. It can be found here:

http://www.kaomso.com/documents/phpfaq.html

Item "General: 4" describes how to suggest new items and changes from
this thread.

http://www.kaomso.com/documents/phpfaq.html#General:4

Your thoughts and suggestions are encouraged. Thank you.

--
Scott Orsburn
sc***@orsburn.net

Kaomso | Information Technology
www.kaomso.com


How about listing questions that are actually frequently asked on this
group? I don't remember anyone here asking "Why is PEAR?" or "What can PHP
do?" On the other hand we see plenty of "I upgraded to a PHP 4.3.x and now
my form submit no longer works. What happened to all my global variables?".

An FAQ is a good idea though. I think we're all tired of explaining the
"header already sent" error.
Jul 17 '05 #2

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Chung Leong wrote:
An FAQ is a good idea though. I think we're all tired of explaining
the "header already sent" error.


Yes, especially when the manual already explains why at
http://www.php.net/header

"Remember that header() *must be called before any actual output is
sent*, either by normal HTML tags, blank lines in a file, or from PHP.
It is a very common error to read code with include(), or require(),
functions, or another file access function, and have spaces or empty
lines that are output before header() is called. The same problem
exists when using a single PHP/HTML file."

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Jul 17 '05 #3

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On Fri, 10 Dec 2004 14:31:51 -0500, Scott Orsburn
<scottso_no@spam_maclaunch.com> wrote:
Since there is no FAQ document specifically for this group I have
started to publish one. It can be found here:

http://www.kaomso.com/documents/phpfaq.html

That'd be neat if this was an alt.group, butit's not. Check out some
of the other comp.groups and see what usefull FAQs look like.

Item "General: 4" describes how to suggest new items and changes from
this thread.

http://www.kaomso.com/documents/phpfaq.html#General:4

Your thoughts and suggestions are encouraged. Thank you.


My thoughts are that regulars to this group should discuss and build
the FAQ here, in this newsgroup, and POST it here. People should not
be directed to a URL at an external site *Ybkess tiy want to say
something like "check google for the latest copy of you don't see it
on your newsspool.

You're kind enough to try to start one, so don't take me wrong, but it
should be done within this newsgroup as it is for this newsgroup.
You start a faq website, I start a faq website, someone else starts a
faq website and on and on and who's is the right one? The first one?
The one with the least advertisements or click-through links? Even I
know not to just click on a link I see in a USENet post. Not that you
would, but some people have been mean enough to do all kinds of things
with click-through links.
Someone can volunteer to "keep" it, meaning gather all of the info
from others and publish it (say, on a monthly basis so it doesn't
appear as SPAM).

As someone else, who also followed up to this thread, said: The things
in the FAQ should be questions that are frequently asked here, not
just things you'd like for people to know.
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Jul 17 '05 #4

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On Sat, 11 Dec 2004 21:06:36 +1300, Chris Hope
<bl*******@electrictoolbox.com> wrote:
Chung Leong wrote:
An FAQ is a good idea though. I think we're all tired of explaining
the "header already sent" error.


Yes, especially when the manual already explains why at
http://www.php.net/header

A good example of how to handle that part is in the comp.unix.solaris
FAQ and the comp.lang.perl FAQ. The VERY FIRST SECTION deals with
reminding the reader to RTFM and RTFW (Website).

Oh, and Chung, just FYI, it's "A FAQ" not "An FAQ". :)
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Jul 17 '05 #5

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"Gary L. Burnore" <gb******@databasix.com> wrote in message
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Oh, and Chung, just FYI, it's "A FAQ" not "An FAQ". :)


The use of a or an is basic on phonetics. FAQ is pronouned ef-a-kyu, hence
it's "an FAQ" and "not a FAQ." The same reason why we say "an FBI agent" but
"a US marshal."
Jul 17 '05 #6

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On Sat, 11 Dec 2004 12:23:41 -0500, "Chung Leong"
<ch***********@hotmail.com> wrote:
"Gary L. Burnore" <gb******@databasix.com> wrote in message
news:cp**********@valis.databasix.com...
Oh, and Chung, just FYI, it's "A FAQ" not "An FAQ". :)
The use of a or an is basic on phonetics. FAQ is pronouned ef-a-kyu,


No, it's not. F.A.Q. would be an F.A.Q. FAQ is pronounced FAK.
It's an acronym.
hence it's "an FAQ" and "not a FAQ." The same reason why we say "an FBI agent" but
"a US marshal."


YOU might say it, but the proper way would be A FBI agent. Like "I was
contacted by A FBI agent who wanted a DataBasix account but I told him
we didn't allow Republican Lackys." :)

Majoring in English causes one to know these stupid little things.
(Thus the smiley.) You can say it any way you want.

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Jul 17 '05 #7

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I noticed that Message-ID: <cp**********@oliveloaf.databasix.com> from
Gary L. Burnore contained the following:
YOU might say it, but the proper way would be A FBI agent. Like "I was
contacted by A FBI agent who wanted a DataBasix account but I told him
we didn't allow Republican Lackys." :)


Majored in English eh? Did it include spelling? ;-)

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Jul 17 '05 #8

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Gary L. Burnore wrote:
[Chung Leong:]
[Gary L. Burnore:]
it's "A FAQ" not "An FAQ". :)

Nonsense.
it's "an FAQ" and [not "a FAQ."]


Nonsense.
You can say it any way you want.


Then why the nonsense?

For those interested, this is itself a FAQ.

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Jul 17 '05 #9

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On Sat, 11 Dec 2004 19:52:05 -0000, John Dunlop
<us*********@john.dunlop.name> wrote:
Gary L. Burnore wrote:
[Chung Leong:]

> [Gary L. Burnore:] > > it's "A FAQ" not "An FAQ". :)
Nonsense.
> it's "an FAQ" and [not "a FAQ."]


Nonsense.
You can say it any way you want.


Then why the nonsense?


I'm sure Chung will agree: To bother you, of course.

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"Gary L. Burnore" <gb******@databasix.com> wrote in message
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YOU might say it, but the proper way would be A FBI agent. Like "I was
contacted by A FBI agent who wanted a DataBasix account but I told him
we didn't allow Republican Lackys." :)


Just go to FBI.gov, or do a search at BBC. I can assure you that the correct
usage is "an FBI agent."
Jul 17 '05 #11

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Chung Leong wrote:
How about listing questions that are actually frequently asked on this
group?

That's a great idea, however this page was just posted this past Friday
and I haven't really gathered a bunch of meaningful questions to post
yet. What is there, are a few questions I thought might be useful to
those who may be new to the language that sort of serve as a starting
point for the document.

On the other hand we see plenty of "I upgraded to a PHP 4.3.x and now
my form submit no longer works. What happened to all my global variables?".

Those are good questions, what are some possible causes? I will post them.
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Jul 17 '05 #12

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Gary L. Burnore wrote:
On Fri, 10 Dec 2004 14:31:51 -0500, Scott Orsburn
<scottso_no@spam_maclaunch.com> wrote:

Since there is no FAQ document specifically for this group I have
started to publish one. It can be found here:

http://www.kaomso.com/documents/phpfaq.html
That'd be neat if this was an alt.group, butit's not. Check out some
of the other comp.groups and see what usefull FAQs look like.

I'm sorry you're underwhelmed but the page was just posted this past
Friday and hasn't been built up yet. This thread in fact was posted on
the same day to try and gather some useful topics for the more advanced
users. I hope to have some more posted soon.

Item "General: 4" describes how to suggest new items and changes from
this thread.

http://www.kaomso.com/documents/phpfaq.html#General:4

Your thoughts and suggestions are encouraged. Thank you.

My thoughts are that regulars to this group should discuss and build
the FAQ here, in this newsgroup, and POST it here. People should not
be directed to a URL at an external site *Ybkess tiy want to say
something like "check google for the latest copy of you don't see it
on your newsspool.

This may be a difference in philosophy. I know that the
comp.lang.javascript group frequently refers readers to a FAQ posted as
a website. I've come to discover that such a practice is somewhat common.

You're kind enough to try to start one, so don't take me wrong, but it
should be done within this newsgroup as it is for this newsgroup.
You start a faq website, I start a faq website, someone else starts a
faq website and on and on and who's is the right one? The first one?
The one with the least advertisements or click-through links?

Before I even offered this site I queryed readers of this group to see
if there was such a resource. The response I got was that there wasn't.
I am not trying to offer anything as the official group FAQ. I don't
even know if that's possible. Just making it available to those who
might find it useful.

There may eventually be more than one FAQ, but that's okay. The one
that proves to be the best will likely win out if they can't all
continue on.

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Jul 17 '05 #13

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In article <cp********@enews1.newsguy.com>, Scott Orsburn wrote:
Chung Leong wrote:
How about listing questions that are actually frequently asked on this
group?

That's a great idea, however this page was just posted this past Friday
and I haven't really gathered a bunch of meaningful questions to post
yet. What is there, are a few questions I thought might be useful to
those who may be new to the language that sort of serve as a starting
point for the document.


I agree that it is a great idea. However, this already happens
(indirectly) via fe: google groups. And people are still asking stuff
about global variables. That is why i doubt that all the effort will be
worth it.

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Jul 17 '05 #14

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Tim Van Wassenhove wrote:
I agree that it is a great idea. However, this already happens
(indirectly) via fe: google groups. And people are still asking stuff
about global variables. That is why i doubt that all the effort will be
worth it.

You're right, but I know there are those Usenet purists that think that
everyone must read everything they can before posting to a group.
Besides, this is an exercise for myself as well. If I get lackluster
interest, then I can abandon it.
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Jul 17 '05 #15

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