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September 12, 2002

The Final Tool in my Toolbox

I'm thumbing through Foundation PHP for Flash by Steve Webster. What a terrific book! It assumes that the reader has already become comfortable with Flash and goes from there to a very readable introduction to PHP and MySQL. Very nicely done.

My head is spinning with what I could do with a Flash front end and a MySQL backend. One project I'd like to work on is a version of the Glass Bead Game. A couple of years ago I worked up a version of GBG using Inspiration. But how much cooler it would be if the beads were drawn randomly from a database that others could contribute to, and completed games were stored for later viewing. With these three tools, it shouldn't be that hard. If only I didn't have to sleep!