So, a bit of background is in order, I do believe. I began coding web pages at the age of 14 (which was 15 years ago) as a hobby, and it grew into a passion for me. For a while I've been making money setting up websites for small and medium businesses. It got the point where it was pretty much old hat-- buy and register the domain, get hosting, gather requirements, code, deliver, warranty and update. Most small business websites are pretty easy, but I've done other, more in-depth setup for some mid-sized businesses as well.
Well, a couple of months ago I got a job as Web Dev for a large corporate entity. I've been put in charge of implementing a fairly simple PHP form that I actually already have written. All that I'm doing is collecting some information and sending it to a SQL table.
So here's the problem: while I'm a decent front-end developer, I know diddly squat about the back end. Server setup and management simply isn't my skill set. It took me more than a month to get my IT team to give me access to a server, and I've spent last three days wrestling with IIS trying to even get a site setup for me. I finally managed to get a virtual folder setup that I can access through my company intranet. So great, I got that down.
PHP does not appear to be setup on the server, however. A test page call to phpinfo gives a 404 error when I attempt to access the test page in IE. What's more, I'm told that I'm supposed to use Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio to complete the SQL server side of my project-- this is completely foreign to me.
So yeah, I'm in over my head-- which I feel like I really shouldn't be. I *know* how to do this, for cryin' out loud-- I have the page already written and ready to go. I just have no idea how to setup my virtual site in order to implement what I'm trying to do. I'm petrified of breaking anything on the server, too, so although I've found several pretty straight forward guides to setting up PHP, I don't want to bring down our network (which would have a financial impact in the hundreds of thousands of dollars even in a couple of hours).
So my question is-- will I be laughed out of the room if I ask for help at this point? The last thing I want to be is the idiot noob who got in over his head, but having never worked on a team of this size or in this environment I have no idea if my lack of experience is expected and will be tolerated.
So, my fellow coders... what would you do?