Originally posted by jon-e-orange
What kind of output I can get from PHP? Can I get tabbed text? or something that can be brought into excel/word/filemaker?[/i]
PHP is made to make displaying data that is contained within a SQL database (also for inputing/changing that same data). ASP is much the same.
If you would like, you can write php code to output data in tabbed text. But, if you are taking data entered via a web form and you are trying to input that data into a SQL database, then you have no need for tabbed text; PHP will input data very nicely.
Can I link to filemaker or (any other) databases so that any info entered on the website is entered automatically.
I doubt asp or php will work with filemaker. I believe that you will need a SQL database.
Will I have the same functionality with PHP on Windows and Mac?
Yes. But, you will have to deal with using widoze (lots of crashes etc...)
sorry if some of these are dumb questions but if I don't ask I won't know.
fine. please keep asking. the only dumb question is the one that goes unasked.
PHP and Macs: to my knowledge, php will only work on a Mac running 10.X.
Databases: Filemaker (much like Access) is just a poor database for the web. You are very limited in the number of connections and once you have a few people hitting the database, your connection (well really, your database) slows to a crawl.
I would suggest mySQL or postgress sql. Both are free, both are easy to use (if you know a little SQL) and you can move your information from filemaker into mysql/postgress fairly easially. Check versiontracker, I belive that there is an app. just for moving data from filemaker to mysql.
I (unfortunatly, because I have developed a hate for filemaker) have some experience with converting filemaker data into mysql data. Feel free to PM or email me if you want.