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Displaying data in a dynamic table

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Video: Displaying data in a dynamic table

In a previous video, I showed how to display data using a repeating region. There's another approach, which is to generate a dynamic HTML table. For this demonstration, I'll use a file named explorerlist.php, which you'll find in the Explorers folder of the current site. This file doesn't currently have any record sets, so I'll add one. It doesn't matter where the cursor is if you're looking at it in Code view, all of the code for the recordset will always go at the top of the page with a little bit of PHP code at the end.

Displaying data in a dynamic table

In a previous video, I showed how to display data using a repeating region. There's another approach, which is to generate a dynamic HTML table. For this demonstration, I'll use a file named explorerlist.php, which you'll find in the Explorers folder of the current site. This file doesn't currently have any record sets, so I'll add one. It doesn't matter where the cursor is if you're looking at it in Code view, all of the code for the recordset will always go at the top of the page with a little bit of PHP code at the end.

With the page open, I'll go to the Bindings panel and click the plus button and choose Recordset query. Make sure you're in the simple version of the Recordset builder. I'll name my new recordset rsExplorers. The Connection should be set to explorecalifornia, and the Table to explorers. I'll click the Selected radio button, hold down the Ctrl key on Windows or the Command key on Mac, and choose explorerId, firstName, lastName, dob and email.

I'll test my recordset and see that it comes back in numeric order by primary key, but I'd really like it in order by lastName. So I'll click OK, and then change the Sort to lastName, and I'll test again. And now it's coming back in lastName alphabetical order. I'll click OK and click OK to insert the recordset into my page. Now I'm ready to insert the dynamic table. I'm still in Code view.

I'll scroll down the page until I find where I want to place the table. There is an h1 tag set that currently is at line 71 in my version of the file. I'll place the cursor after the heading1 tags and then add in a paragraph tag set by pressing Ctrl+Shift+P on Windows or Command+Shift+P on Mac. The Dynamic Table tool really only works well when you're in Design view, so I'm going to leave the cursor in that exact location, and then go to Design view and then I'll insert the dynamic table.

You can do this from the menu by choosing Insert > Data Objects > Dynamic Data > Dynamic Table. There's also an option in the Insert panel. I'll use this menu choice, and in the Dynamic Table tool dialog, I'll verify that the rsExplorers recordset is selected, it's the only one in this page, and then I'll choose All records. I'll set the Border to 0 and leave the Cell padding and Cell spacing alone. These are values that I'll prefer to set later using cascading style sheets, and then I'll click OK.

The dynamic table is added automatically in the exact location where I had my cursor. I'll save the changes by pressing Ctrl+S on Windows or Command+S on Mac and then I'll go up to Live View and copy the file over to the server, and here's the result. The data is retrieved from the server and displayed in a dynamic HTML table. I'll do a little bit of editing and formatting. I'll exit Live View, and first I'm going to delete the column that shows the primary key.

I'll click into the first cell in the column and then drag down to the second. I'll release the mouse button and press Delete. I'll change the headings; by default the heading show the exact column names. I'd like to show more friendly information, so I'll change the firstName column header to First Name, lastName to Last Name, dob to Birthdate and for email, I'll simply capitalize the first character, Email.

I'll also click in the first cell of the row and then drag to the last cell and release, then in the Properties panel I'll click Header, and that turns those into TD tags in the HTML. I'll save the changes, and then go to Live View again, copying the file to the testing server and I'll see that my dynamic table is now much more friendly and easy to look at.

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Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL

61 video lessons · 36518 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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