Server side Web Development
Or, Why you can’t get your jQueryUI Datatables plugin to keep your data after you refresh the page.
This three-part series is a general, high-level, first-day-of-Intro-to-Web-Development overview of web app architecture. It is written for the past selves of a few of my college friends, the friends who called and asked me the question in the subtitle above, and then showed me a mess of PHP (copy-pasted from various “This is how you make a form!” type tutorials) when I asked them to show me what they had done so far. Strictly speaking, if you’re a web dev already, you’re probably not going to find much value here.
There are a multitude of tutorials on how to do tiny, specific, web-dev-related tasks; but surprisingly few tutorials, explaining how all of the little pieces are supposed to fit together. This lack of information tends to create beginner developers who churn out Frankensteinian PHP scripts (it’s always PHP for some reason), stitched together from W3Schools tutorials and Stack Overflow answers.