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Building a simple data entry form

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Video: Building a simple data entry form

Most dynamic web applications use HTML forms to collect data from the user and send it to the server. In this chapter, I'll show you how to build these forms, and how to process the results with PHP code. I'll be working with a version of my web site in the exercise files area. That's in a folder named 06_forms. I'll go to my site definition, by selecting Site > Manage Sites, and then clicking Edit to edit the site definition. Then I'll browse for the local site folder.

Building a simple data entry form

Most dynamic web applications use HTML forms to collect data from the user and send it to the server. In this chapter, I'll show you how to build these forms, and how to process the results with PHP code. I'll be working with a version of my web site in the exercise files area. That's in a folder named 06_forms. I'll go to my site definition, by selecting Site > Manage Sites, and then clicking Edit to edit the site definition. Then I'll browse for the local site folder.

I'll go to my exercise files area, and I'll double-click on 06_forms. I'll select it and save the changes, and then I'll close the Manage Sites dialog. I'm going to start with a page that's already in this site, named simpleform.php. It has an HTML table with two labels of First Name and Last Name, and an empty column to the right. This is where the data entry form controls are going to be placed.

The first step in creating a data entry form is to create a set of tags named form. You can do this easily in Dreamweaver through the Insert panel. I'll place the cursor after the HTML table. Eventually, the table will be inside the form, but I'll need to move it after the form is created. I'll go to the Insert panel, and I'll choose the Forms category. Then I'll add a form. Now, I'll go to the HTML table. I'll click anywhere in the table, then right-click and choose Table > Select Table.

I'll cut the table to the clipboard. Then I'll click inside the form that's designated by the dashed line, and then I'll paste. The table is now a part of the form, and any data entry controls that I place inside the table will be submittable to the server. Next, I'm going to add some simple form controls. I'll click into the second column. Now, if you have any trouble clicking into that column, you can right-click on the table and choose Table > Expanded Tables mode.

Dreamweaver gives you this mode to make it a little bit easier to click around in a small table like this. When you're done with Expanded Tables mode, you can click the exit link at the top of the editing area. With the cursor in the second column of the first row, I'll go to the Insert panel again, and I'm still in the Forms category, and I'll add a text field. I'll give the text field a value of firstname, all lowercase with no spaces. I don't need a label, so I'll choose No label tag, and leave the Label entry blank, and click OK.

That adds the form control where I had my cursor. Now, I'll repeat the process for the last name. I'll click into the cell, go to the Insert panel, and choose Text Field again. I'll give this one an ID of lastname, and once again I don't need a label, and I'll click OK. Finally, I'll add a button. I'll place the cursor in the second column, last row. I'll go to the Insert panel and scroll down toward the bottom, until I find the button.

I'll click once to add the button. I'll give it an ID of submit, and once again, I'll leave the Label blank, and click OK. Notice that Dreamweaver sets a value property with the word "Submit" with the initial character uppercased. It also sets the Action to something called Submit form. Now, let's take a look at the resulting code. Each of the data entry controls is represented by an input tag. The input tag has both a name and an ID. The name is used to designate the name of the resulting PHP variable when the form is submitted.

You can use the ID in JavaScript code in the web browser to address the control's value and do validation, or other processes. Finally, the input button, which has an ID and a name of submit and a value of Submit uppercased, is used to submit the form. When the user clicks this button, the data in the form is sent to the server. Notice a couple of other things. The method is set to post. There are two commonly used methods for data entry forms.

They're called post and get. Typically, you set the method to post for a data entry form in PHP, and the action, when left blank, results in sending the data to the same page that submitted it. That's exactly what we want to happen, and we're going to leave the value blank. I'll save the changes, go back to Design mode, and exit Expanded Tables mode. I'll save my changes by pressing Ctrl+S on Windows, or Command+S on Mac, and then I'll preview the page in an external browser.

I'm using Firefox, but you can use whatever browser you like. I'll type Davey Jones and submit. It takes a moment to submit and process the form the first time, but when it's re-presented, you'll see that the data entry form is now blank. That's a visual clue that you're viewing the page for the second time. Right now, we aren't doing anything with the data that was sent to the server, but you are seeing the form being submitted and re-presented. I'll show you how to handle those values being sent from the form with a little bit of PHP code in the next video.

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Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL

61 video lessons · 36331 viewers

David Gassner
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  1. 8m 48s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      2m 17s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 40s
    4. Understanding the differences between Dreamweaver CS5.5 and CS6
      3m 26s
  2. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding static vs. dynamic web pages
      4m 32s
    2. Selecting application and database servers
      6m 10s
    3. Introducing Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      6m 36s
    4. Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      2m 13s
  3. 39m 34s
    1. Defining a Dreamweaver site
      3m 22s
    2. Configuring a PHP testing server
      7m 48s
    3. Creating and testing a PHP-based web page
      8m 25s
    4. Adding PHP commands with the Insert panel
      3m 14s
    5. Setting and outputting simple variables
      3m 56s
    6. Testing pages with Live view and Live Code view
      2m 9s
    7. Using server-side includes
      7m 50s
    8. Navigating included pages with the Code Navigator
      2m 50s
  4. 36m 37s
    1. Using code hinting with PHP variables
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding PHP custom classes
      6m 38s
    3. Adding Zend Framework to PHP on Windows
      5m 18s
    4. Adding Zend Framework to PHP on Mac
      4m 2s
    5. Using the Site-Specific Code Hints feature
      3m 43s
    6. Using Zend Framework classes with code hints
      7m 26s
    7. Managing reusable code with the Snippets panel
      3m 59s
  5. 18m 27s
    1. Understanding relational databases
      5m 26s
    2. Creating a MySQL database in phpMyAdmin
      4m 41s
    3. Adding data in phpMyAdmin
      2m 46s
    4. Importing a completed database from a script
      5m 34s
  6. 39m 35s
    1. Defining a Dreamweaver database connection
      5m 27s
    2. Building a simple recordset
      4m 31s
    3. Building an advanced recordset
      5m 1s
    4. Displaying data with repeating regions
      6m 4s
    5. Displaying data in a dynamic table
      4m 15s
    6. Formatting dynamic data
      4m 54s
    7. Displaying the total number of records
      2m 4s
    8. Limiting records with paging controls
      4m 5s
    9. Creating conditional regions
      3m 14s
  7. 43m 12s
    1. Building a simple data entry form
      5m 27s
    2. Handling form submissions with PHP
      5m 12s
    3. Creating a customer email form
      3m 9s
    4. Validating form controls with Spry
      7m 54s
    5. Populating a list control with dynamic data
      4m 50s
    6. Working with multiple checkbox controls
      8m 5s
    7. Sending email with Zend_Mail
      8m 35s
  8. 50m 51s
    1. Using data wizards
      6m 20s
    2. Formatting dates for SQL
      5m 27s
    3. Creating a custom data entry form
      4m 50s
    4. Preparing a database table for server behaviors
      3m 3s
    5. Using the Insert Record server behavior
      5m 42s
    6. Preparing an update form
      7m 6s
    7. Using the Update Form behavior
      5m 46s
    8. Creating list page links to edit and update data
      7m 3s
    9. Using the Delete Record server behavior
      5m 34s
  9. 14m 45s
    1. Creating a login form with a PHP server behavior
      6m 29s
    2. Protecting page access with PHP server behaviors
      4m 17s
    3. Logging out with a PHP server behavior
      3m 59s
  10. 22m 50s
    1. Configuring a remote server with FTP credentials
      4m 42s
    2. Synchronizing site assets with the remote server
      5m 27s
    3. Exporting the MySQL database to a script
      3m 8s
    4. Importing the MySQL database on a remote server
      2m 24s
    5. Configuring the site for the remote database
      7m 9s
  11. 52s
    1. Final thoughts
      52s

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