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Designing a database-driven PHP App? Don't Forget the Data!!

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If you have a sourceforge account, and are on your way to becoming the best thing to happen to the web since Yahoo or Google, then I beg of you to put a call out for people who understand database design fundamentals.

Designing an interface with PHP is one thing. Designing an “application” is quite another, as it includes designing the architecture of the application, how the various components of the application will interact and communicate, and also how the data used by the application will be managed and stored. This last piece is a decidedly un-sexy part of application design, and is often also (and unfortunately) trivialized by developers.

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