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08-06-2012, 05:58 PM
Hi all,

I'm new to the forums, but eager to get involved.

First of all, an introduction. I'm a newly appointed web editor for a university in the UK. I've had several years of experience building simple websites (mostly as a hobby), nothing too fancy but I'm relatively good with HTML and CSS as you can probably imagine.

One of my first tasks is to develop a dynamic calendar so that students can see when a computer room is booked up and how many seats are available. My boss has written the script for the freeseats, but he's left it up to me to decide how I'm going to retrieve the information and display it on a webpage. I'm not sure what's going to be the best way to do this so I'll explain where I'm at so far.

My progress:

- Web layout is done is HTML5 and CSS3 (to conform to new standards).
- The calendar is a jquery calendar, heavily modified from one I found on the web (unrecognisable at this point).
- The site is ready to be configured to retrieve a feed of some kind.

The issue I have really is the lack of knowledge in how to grab information from a source (I think I'm saying this right?). My boss is happy to write the feed in whatever language I think is appropriate, and this is my main problem, I'm not really sure! Is this an XML job, php or other?

Any help will be greatly appreciated. I understand at this point I'm very much a noob compared to many (my main job role is simple edits etc) but this is something I'm eager to learn (which is probably why I was given the task in the first place).


08-06-2012, 07:39 PM
You need to use a server side language like PHP to pull the data and generate the page with it. As for the exact interface between the website and the software your boss wrote, you can do a few different methods. XML can work just fine for something like that if you define a good schema.