S T E E P learning curve - where to start?

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fixerdave wrote: So, to finally get around to what this post is about, can anyone recommend an approach to learning how phpBB all fits together? I'm just looking for some cracks and toe-holds I can use to start scaling the learning curve. I don't need the "how to use or install" info, I want hints on making mods, understanding the code, that kind of stuff. What's out there?

I don't think this is something you didn't know yet, but you learn best by just trying. Back in the days when I wasn't even capable of writing a simple "<?php die('hello world'); ?>", I insisted on getting this complicated, weird piece of software called phpBB to do what I want. So, I started hacking around and after many, many hours of googling around and countless visits to php.net, I am where I am now :)

There really is no best approach, and neither are there best practices for getting a feeling of the phpBB internals. Set yourself a goal, do whatever it takes to reach that goal, and move on to the next challenge.
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fixerdave wrote: Sigh, no shortcuts huh? No one's made a "This is how phpBB works", or a primer on the templating system?

Try this => http://olympuswiki.naderman.de/Main_Page
and of course this => http://area51.phpbb.com/docs/code/
I'm sure there are other resources as well.
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The coding guidelines may help you too ;)
If you already know PHP a bit, phpBB's code is not that hard to learn :) (except perhaps for some parts such the template engine or the module system... those ones may require some "advanced" skills to understand them perfectly...)
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Vic D'Elfant wrote: countless visits to php.net

heh, I do that a lot
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2.0.x mods --> http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewforum.php?f=78
3.x mods --> coming soon!

(if you want some mods for 3.x, find Handyman or Highway of Life and click on the links in their signatures)
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fixerdave
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You seem to post quite a lot for someone with 0 posts :lol:

Bug ?

(edit: Or maybe posts in chit chat do not count ?)

(edit2: That is the case. *gets off the bug tracker* )
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May I recommend Practical PHP Programming? It's an "open source" PHP online book and is a great place to get started. :)
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pentapenguin wrote: May I recommend Practical PHP Programming? It's an "open source" PHP online book and is a great place to get started. :)


WOW, thanks for that link, that will give me something to get going on during my 12 hour night shifts at work :)
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