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Discussion in 'Web Design & Development' started by Beni_143, Jan 27, 2015.

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  1. Beni_143

    Beni_143 Thread Starter

    Mar 7, 2013
    Hi, I am a beginner for web designing. I created a website and now i want to add a page for chat purposes in it. I am taking help from here:

    my problem is that, even i know basics of html and javascript, but this website uses PHP and jQuery. I want to know how to join up everything that is mentioned in the site and make a page for chat.

    Any help is appreciated. Even if you tell me about how we deal with PHP and jQuery in web design, that will help a lot.

  2. Ent

    Ent Trusted Advisor

    Apr 11, 2009
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    Very differently.
    jQuery is javascript. I assume you already know how to use functions and things in javascript.
    jQuery is just a big collection (called a library) of javascript functions that do commonly useful things (like sending data to a server or creating draggable elements on a page).
    To use it, you load the jquery library using a regular <script> tag. You can then use jquery code in other script tags exactly as you would use regular javascript code.

    PHP is a different language, and php runs on a server. Whereas a html document basically is what the server sends to the browser, a php script tells the server how to make what to send to the client. Often a php script looks a lot like a html file in its contents, and then it has a weird bit of code saying to put something at a certain point which is customized for the user.
    If you have a server and it supports php, then if you call for the php file the server will run it and send the result to the browser. If you just double click a php file in windows, however, because there's no server to run it, you'll get weird code appearing.
    If you don't have a server, you can run one on your computer for testing using WAMP.
  3. abisky


    Feb 11, 2015
    Thanks for the great explanation Josiah! I want to learn a bit of web programming myself and already tried to learn it once in the past, but never really got beyond a bit of HTML and CSS. At the moment I'm building a very simple site using a website builder but I might still create some modifications at a later point. Your explanation on the difference between PHP and HTML was really concise and clear. Although I don't think I'll be learning PHP anytime soon, it's always nice to grasp the basic concept
  4. JiminSA


    Dec 15, 2011
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    Couldn't agree more(y)
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