Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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thenk83SitePoint book and how I learned...

I learned PHP5 from this book: http://www.sitepoint.com/books/phpmysql1/. I highly recommend it. It took me 1 week to learn the syntax and 2 weeks to make decent web applications. Now, I don’t believe in learning based on line by line what the book says. I deviated from the book a lot and referenced different functions. It also really helps to have your own web server set-up somewhere. Mind you I didn’t have any development history except HTML.

I also learned PHP based on nessecities. What dynamic features will I need. What should I learn? I know based on that I was able to learn at some sort of a starting point and from there on. I was constantly trying to make the scripts I made better and slightly more detailed.

My first script was an uploading script. I learned how to limit certain file sizes and types. Then I moved from that to renaming files uploaded based on the date and time they were uploaded. From there I went to storing these names, file sizes, and file types in the MySQL. Then I thought, hey I need to be able to admin this so I created pages that would pull information from the database and remove unwanted data. This is how I learned and I learned what functions did what I needed.

Some other good help sites are:
http://www.tizag.com/phpT/
http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp
http://www.sitepoint.com/books/phpmysql1/

Hopefully this all makes sense and I’m not rambling but I hope whomever wants to learn it has fun with it like I did! I feel like I’ve accomplished something at the most.

Feel free to contact me if you need help. 7 years ago


vivek192I want to Learn PHP5

i am a web designer, i would like to complete the basic level of programming by sep 15, now i started learning php, this is my target time 8 years ago


sproutworksI like php 5

I have started adding some PHP 5 code to my websites. I have found some good uses for simplexml, and I am slowly rewriting my database code to use mysqli. I haven’t used much of the new object model, but I will use it when writing new code for my own use. I am developing all my sites using php 5.1, and my webhost (dreamhost) has 5.1. I’m glad they keep up with technology trends. 8 years ago


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