I'm not new to php, but, I'm not a great coder either... I'm not too familiar with sessions and session variables.
I have been tasked with building an online "management" system for the eLearning we're offering. We have one .swf file for eLearning currently, but, have 23 in production so the solution needs to be scalable.
The concept is pretty straight forward... The admin logs into an admin area and adds a user with a username/password, adding them to a product(s) with various start and end dates...
Therefore, the user logs in with username and password and is able to view all their respective products and expiration dates, otherwise they're thrown to a expiration.php page.
I have 3 tables, Product, User and Timebomb. I am able to add information to the DB into the 3 tables from one form in the admin, so that works...
I do have two questions though:
In the communities opinion, what's the best way to capture the user information from the login page? Session, or pass a url variable, e.g. link.php?UserID=100 and left join the ProductID TimebombID on the home page via mySQL?
Any suggestions would rock...