Everything’s working great on my LAMP VMWare image. This evening I went through the IBM LAMP Tutorial. The good news is it doesn’t take too long to whip through it (about half an hour). The bad news, at least for those that lack previous programming knowledge, is that the examples are really sloppy. It’s better to follow the tutorial as a rough guide and then do your own thing than try to follow it verbatim. You would think someone would have worked through the tutorial before they put it online.
I’m definitely ready for some beefier examples. After playing with it for a few hours, I can see the attraction to PHP over the other “P” languages, at least for working with web applications. Having all of the presentation and business logic intermingled kind of makes me feel dirty, though. Hopefully, there’s a way to separate the two.