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Defining a data source for use in Spry

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Video: Defining a data source for use in Spry

The first step in any project using Spry will be to define a data source. So in this exercise that's what we are going to take care of. We are working from the Chapter 5 Directory. So if you are working with the Exercise Files, open current.htm; you can see I have that open. There are several different ways to define a data source, but the easiest way is to actually use the Spry toolbar in the Insert Objects toolbar. You can find that at the very top of your Insert panel, and it's one of the things that they have added in CS3. So we have Common, Layout, Forms, Data, and Spry.

Defining a data source for use in Spry

The first step in any project using Spry will be to define a data source. So in this exercise that's what we are going to take care of. We are working from the Chapter 5 Directory. So if you are working with the Exercise Files, open current.htm; you can see I have that open. There are several different ways to define a data source, but the easiest way is to actually use the Spry toolbar in the Insert Objects toolbar. You can find that at the very top of your Insert panel, and it's one of the things that they have added in CS3. So we have Common, Layout, Forms, Data, and Spry.

The Spry toolbar contains a lot of different Spry elements, and they are segmented by separators, and on the left hand side, we have different ways of either defining or displaying data on the page. In the middle, we have our Validation Objects, where we can use Spry to help validate Form Objects. On the far right hand side, we have a series of Spry Widgets, and those are going to give you pullout menus and tabbed panels, and accordions, and things of that nature. Now, we are going to talk about using widgets later on, right now, again, the first thing we have to do is to define a data set. So I go all the way over to the first icon, Spry XML Data Set, and go ahead and click on that.

Now, you can use a lot of different things for data sets, but we are going to use XML. So the first thing we need to do is go ahead and give the data set a name. If you are only going to use one data set, you might want to leave the name as the default, but the default is not really that descriptive; ds1 is not that descriptive, so let's give it a more descriptive name. I am going to name it dsShow, and this will be the current show's data source. ds indicates data source, so I am going to leave that prefix on the name. We are going to browse to find our XML source, and if you look in the Chapter 5, Spry Directory, in the Chapter 5 Starting Files, you should find an XML folder. In XML, find the currentShow XML, and click Choose. Any well-formed XML file will work for a data source.

As soon as you browse out to your data source, you want to click the Get schema button. That will parse the data source and it will display all of the elements inside of the XML file. We want to define our data set, not necessarily from the root element, but from whichever repeating child element that we want to use; and in this case we are going to use painting. So I am going to click on the painting repeating element and you can tell repeating elements because they have the plus symbol beside them. From there, I can actually go in and define data types from my Columns. Now, almost everything that we are going to be using in this case is a string data type, so it's just raw text. But there is one that we want to define as being something a little different.

Scroll through your data Columns and find Image/@url. This is the link to the images that we are going to be using. It obviously isn't a string data type. So I will use the Data type pulldown menu, after I have highlighted that, and I will call it image link. So now over there to the right it now says image link. If you want to Sort this data, you can choose which attribute you want to sort it by. So I am going to grab the pulldown menu and I am actually going to sort this by the Name attribute. So the name of the paintings itself will be what we sort by. We will leave the other settings at their default and we will just go ahead and click OK. It's going to go out, grab that information and bring it in.

Now, if your Bindings panel didn't automatically open, you can find that in the Application panel group, but I want you to open us the Bindings panel. I am going to expand mine down a little bit so that I can see everything. You are going to see a binding that says dsShow, and then all those other elements are listed. Now, if you have ever done any dynamic development inside of Dreamweaver, what you are seeing right now is very familiar to you. If you haven't, essentially what we are seeing here is a list of all the elements in the XML file. Displaying these elements on the page would be just as easy as dragging and dropping them on the page, but we have a lot of different tools up in our Spry toolbar to help us with the task of displaying data.

So in our next exercise we will focus on how to get this information to display on the page.

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 1h 23m
    1. Reviewing the Coding toolbar
      8m 42s
    2. Customizing the Coding toolbar
      9m 52s
    3. Taking advantage of Code Hinting
      7m 20s
    4. Using snippets and shortcuts
      11m 10s
    5. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      5m 18s
    6. Using Find and Replace
      9m 50s
    7. Regular expressions
      5m 39s
    8. Using Bridge with Dreamweaver CS3
      8m 28s
    9. Round-trip editing with Photoshop CS3
      3m 40s
    10. Leveraging image variables in Photoshop CS3
      7m 32s
    11. Integrating external variables into your workflow
      6m 16s
  3. 37m 26s
    1. Understanding the CSS Styles panel
      7m 59s
    2. Understanding the Cascade
      5m 50s
    3. Understanding Inheritance
      5m 8s
    4. Understanding Specificity
      7m 5s
    5. Managing CSS styles
      5m 4s
    6. Using Design-Time style sheets
      6m 20s
  4. 2h 19m
    1. Using the new CSS template pages
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding DIV tag structure and layout
      12m 0s
    3. Understanding the CSS box model
      10m 0s
    4. Using absolute and relative positioning
      8m 35s
    5. Understanding floating elements
      7m 9s
    6. Clearing floats
      7m 19s
    7. Using floats to control page layout
      3m 45s
    8. Building structure and assigning IDs
      10m 19s
    9. Applying basic styling to structured content
      11m 14s
    10. Positioning container elements
      11m 4s
    11. Enhancing layouts with background graphics
      11m 48s
    12. Creating faux columns with background graphics
      8m 55s
    13. Creating rounded corners with background graphics
      9m 17s
    14. Building navigation with CSS
      16m 57s
    15. Using Dreamweaver's Browser Check feature
      5m 31s
  5. 53m 22s
    1. Creating properly structured forms
      6m 30s
    2. Creating accessible forms
      6m 41s
    3. Using CSS to lay out form structure
      7m 40s
    4. Creating vertical columns for form elements
      7m 48s
    5. Adding user feedback
      5m 52s
    6. Applying advanced styling to forms
      8m 11s
    7. Client-side form validation
      4m 17s
    8. Validating forms with the Spry Validation tools
      6m 23s
  6. 1h 20m
    1. Understanding the Spry framework
      3m 43s
    2. Defining a data source for use in Spry
      3m 56s
    3. Creating a Spry table
      8m 8s
    4. Using the Spry widgets
      8m 11s
    5. Connecting various data sets
      4m 50s
    6. Understanding Spry widget structures
      7m 1s
    7. Applying custom styles to Spry widgets
      6m 24s
    8. Applying additional custom styles to Spry widgets
      8m 46s
    9. Controlling Spry widget behaviors with JavaScript
      6m 0s
    10. Controlling Spry widget animations with JavaScript
      9m 31s
    11. Creating effects with Spry behaviors
      4m 42s
    12. Hand-coding Spry
      9m 11s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Creating a base template
      8m 6s
    2. Creating editable attributes
      6m 26s
    3. Creating a new page from a template
      7m 42s
    4. Applying a template to an existing page
      4m 36s
    5. Creating nested templates
      5m 24s
    6. Using repeating regions
      6m 34s
    7. Creating editable and non-editable optional regions
      6m 0s
    8. Using template parameters
      7m 26s
    9. Using template expressions
      9m 59s
    10. Using conditional template expressions
      8m 54s
  8. 54m 40s
    1. Examining XML structure
      2m 44s
    2. Creating an XML document
      9m 9s
    3. Using the CDATA structure
      5m 7s
    4. Creating an XSLT file
      4m 33s
    5. Binding data from an XML to an XSLT document
      5m 6s
    6. Inserting repeating regions into an XSL document
      5m 16s
    7. Creating a client-side XSL transformation
      2m 52s
    8. Styling a remote RSS feed
      7m 29s
    9. Creating a server-side XSL transformation
      5m 31s
    10. Writing XSL expressions
      6m 53s
  9. 1h 2m
    1. Overview of building dynamic websites
      1m 35s
    2. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Mac
      3m 22s
    3. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Windows
      3m 54s
    4. Creating a MySQL database
      3m 16s
    5. Defining a testing server and database bindings
      6m 14s
    6. Creating a database recordset
      4m 35s
    7. Adding dynamic content to the page
      5m 14s
    8. Creating repeating regions of dynamic content
      7m 6s
    9. Filtering database records
      7m 39s
    10. Using the Live Preview
      10m 22s
    11. Passing URL parameters
      4m 23s
    12. Dynamically generating links
      5m 18s
  10. 57m 9s
    1. Understanding behaviors
      5m 16s
    2. Installing additional behaviors
      3m 39s
    3. Planning to create a custom behavior
      3m 42s
    4. Examining existing behaviors
      5m 32s
    5. Building a behavior function
      7m 23s
    6. Creating an Action file
      6m 48s
    7. Enabling behavior functions
      9m 1s
    8. Initializing the user interface for a behavior
      3m 9s
    9. Loading behaviors in Dreamweaver
      6m 47s
    10. Testing and debugging behaviors
      5m 52s
  11. 27m 12s
    1. Running reports
      7m 41s
    2. Checking and validating links
      3m 40s
    3. Using cloaking
      5m 42s
    4. Using Check In/Check Out
      4m 3s
    5. Using Design Notes
      6m 6s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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