Quick but interesting chat with Alastair tonight on the Learning Proposal … I had initially started with the idea of working on isolated elements with PHP and MySQL, and then integrating into a common prototype. But researching last night I found an open source CMS called Joomla! which seems to do a lot of what I want in one already-integrated package …
The negative if I use the CMS: possibly losing the “build from the ground up” benefits of learning PHP from a blank screen.
The positive if I use the CMS: faster results, and “build from the ground up” benefits of learning to install a CMS from scratch.
I’m leaning toward Joomla! right now, as I’m results driven, but I think I’ll wait for my week of analysis before I make a decision.