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RyanHennessey
04-29-2009, 07:53 PM
I'm wondering the best and easiest way to go about creating a search in a web page. I don't plan on publishing it, just making the site in order to organize some information for personal use.

If it helps explain more I'm a carpentry student and I'm trying to put info on different sections into this group of pages for easier and quicker access to what I need to know.

However, some items cross over in different sections and I would like to search all sections at once.

For example:

Sections
Insulation
Concrete Foundations

Both of these sections are unrelated and would constitute two different pages, but both use vapor/moisture barriers in them in different aspects.

I want to be able to search for the info on vapor barriers, and not have to pick through the two sections to find it.


Any help would be appreciated, and if clarification is needed just ask and I'll try my best. Thanks in advance.

twodayslate
04-29-2009, 09:54 PM
Does this need to be web based?

A great way to organize a business is with http://www.37signals.com/

RyanHennessey
04-29-2009, 10:32 PM
While it does look interesting I was looking at doing it myself due to the cost. Free is better for me right now, and since the pages are for personal use only I don't need to be able to share it with other people. Basically I need it as a way to quickly locate the information I need on a job site if I can't think of the info at the time. It saves me looking through books to find info, and even if I was lucky enough to have internet on a job site I'd be more comfortable with info I put in myself in terms of validity.

twodayslate
04-29-2009, 11:23 PM
Well if you want this on the web you would most likely use php and mysql (database).
This would a pretty complicated project for a beginner and $50 would be well spent towards an app that actually works.

RyanHennessey
04-29-2009, 11:41 PM
Well, I do have some experience with both PHP and mysql, as well as numerous other things. We had to do some PHP and mysql for a course in high school and I completed the book in 2 days, as opposed to the rest of the class taking roughly 3-4 months. I'm more questioning the best and easiest way to go about it, especially seeing as how I haven't even picked at either PHP or mysql in about 2 years, so I can do a refresher and manage to accomplish what I need if it isn't incredibly complicated.

And I don't need it on the web, only on my computer. I was going to do it as a webpage without publishing it because I know it's possible to easily create multiple pages and link them together, and also put the search in(though the exact way to do that I don't know). Basically, I need a search box on a home page that will search for the word on every page and tell me which pages that word(s) is found on.

ajhauser
05-01-2009, 05:33 AM
And I don't need it on the web, only on my computer. I was going to do it as a webpage without publishing it because I know it's possible to easily create multiple pages and link them together, and also put the search in(though the exact way to do that I don't know).

If you are not publishing this to the web, would you be better off using a program like Filemaker to create a personal database? That is a great program, which I have no affiliation with, and you can perform "finds" which would essentially be the same a searching a MySQL database. Each job would be its own seperate record, so you would not have to create several pages - just one layout page that loads the called record.

If you make a MySQL database for your own use, it just seems like way too much work, since you'll need to create display pages and login and add/remove records and link to a database on either your local server or a hosts server - Filemaker would just run on your machine, you'd have all your stuff in one place.

Granted it's not FREE... but I'm sure with a little snooping you could find a database solution to your problem.

twodayslate
05-01-2009, 09:33 PM
Vista can save searches also



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