Programming a site with a MySQL backend?

There’s a somewhat cheesy and overpriced software package that’s quite popular with the Internet Marketing set called “Make Your Own Software” that promises that you can program your own Windows software (software, in this case, is a javascript filled webpage wrapped in a Windows executable) in 30 minutes.

Now I’ve discovered something that really does create software in 30 minutes or less — but the software is PHP coded and delivered over the Web.

Today, on a whim, I downloaded a program that can create PHP scripts to add, edit, delete, sort and search data in a MySQL database in less than 30 minutes. In fact, once I entered my database information, I accidentally created a nearly perfect script to update the tables in less than 30 seconds, just by clicking the various buttons in the menu.

The software is called PHPMaker from, and it is quite possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in web development software. The company that makes it also offers similar software to generate ASP, CFM, JSP and XML that’s also probably outstanding, though I haven’t tried it personally.

As for PHPMaker, it’s a much cooler product than MYOS, and it’s about half the price too.

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