Iím new to this site and to be honest I know between nothing and very little about computer programming! (What an introduction I know!!!!)
I have a little challenge for anyone who may be interested... the Ďprizeí shall we say will be of an academic nature only. But first Iíll give you a bit of background on the issue and myself (the guinea pig).
Me: Iím a 32 year old university lecturer in Philosophy (specialising in the philosophy of Technology) and as a side business I run a comic book shop. My shop is small and stock is large so I was hoping to build a computer program (like a web page) where the customers could search through what I have. At the moment I am inputting the comics into a database designed for collecting but not usable as a shop/customer resource. I had looked into web designers and professionals but the quote was too high and I canít afford it. I am an intelligent enough man with basic computer skills. I did some programming when I was a teenager but the language was primitive in comparison to anything today. I do have an understanding of some computing principles and a firm grasp on logic (thank you philosophy!)
The Challenge: I would like to build this program myself! What I need from you in cyberspace is the basic advice, directions, inspiration, criticism, etc., to get me to the point where I can build this myself. Last week I had no idea how to build a simple website and I learnt how to do it (poorly) in 6 hours. I figure, hey itís worth a shot. However, it would be difficult to research everything online without being able to ask specific questions and have the answers aimed at someone of my ability. The program I am using outputs information (in a variety of manners) in html and plain text. At the moment I have 60 000 comics and am hoping to get a lot more! :-)
Whatís in it for you? Well, a number of things: Bragging rights, the joy of seeing someone building a project from scratch; the chance to practice your teaching skills; being able to help a fellow man; passing on wisdom; the list goes on.
Iím going to attach a diagram below of what I would like to have. The goal will be to eventually put this business online. Thanks in advance for your help and advice. It was Plato who once said ĎTeaching is the noblest professioní I am forever in your debt as knowledge can last aeons.
I Can or upload images of what I'm hoping to achieve Thanks again folks!