Diving in face first with LAMP – Part 4: I fucking did it

First look at my LAMP Blog

From what I hear, men do not have the ability to give birth so I’ll just have to assume that this is what it feels like.  After a long ass time of fiddling with stuff, I have finally created my first blog on a LAMP stack.  Disclaimer: I did not write the PHP myself, I just copied and pasted it from this Cutting Edge Tech (which was an awesome guide!).

So why was this project important? Well, asides from proving to me that dreams can come true, building this blog really taught me how front-end development and back-end development come together to make the websites that we know and love.

It’s a lot like when I first started watching skateboard videos.

When I watched my first skate video, my mind was blown in a way that could never be unblown again.  Up to that point, my skateboarding experience consisted of rolling outside of my friend Daniel’s house or the skateboard park at the local park.  The Tiltmode Army video (that I got from Westbeach on Boxing Day) was the very first time that I saw “street skating”, which was people doing tricks on the street.  From that day forward, I never saw architecture the same again.

That set of stairs? Perfect for a 360 flip.  That rail? Dying for a kickflip to crooked grind.  Everything on the street became a canvas for what trick could be done on it.  Even to this day, I’ll see a big ass handrail on the street and thing of what awesome trick I would love to see be done on it.  I think that building a blog with a LAMP stack is the same thing.  I can see how things are made.  Wordpress?  Looks like PHP linked to MySQL with some nice CSS on top.  Facebook?  Looks sorta like PHP and MySQL but crazier.  I’m probably not entirely right, but at least now I have a glimpse into the interactions between the front-end and the back-end and how information is retrieved and stored.

I’m barely scratching the surface of what it takes to see a web app and see how that problem is being tackled, but I am starting to sort of get it.  It’s been a really rewarding experience to bang your head against a wall for so long and finally see something come of it.  I’m already googling other easy PHP/MySQL projects to do for the future and I hope I get even more skilled at how to do this stuff.

 

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