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Dynamically generating links


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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

with James Williamson

Video: Dynamically generating links

The last modification we want to make to our artist page is to make the list of links to our Bio page, dynamic. Currently they appoint to the old static pages and it would be too time consuming to redo them by hand. What's more, the artist listing on a page is dynamically generated. And our navigation would not respond to an artist being added or removed from the database. So it is a good idea to go ahead and make them dynamically generated as well. So to do that, we are going to go ahead and highlight all of our Bio links except for one and that would be Aimee because she is always on the top of the list. And we will just go ahead and delete them all. So make sure you go ahead and get rid of all of them except for the last one. And we certainly have enough information in our old recordset to populate this, but we are going to go ahead and generate a new recordset that's a much more paired down SQL Query.
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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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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics
11h 10m Intermediate Sep 21, 2007

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Covering diverse topics such as improving workflow and managing CSS styles, Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics is a hands-on course that teaches users how to move beyond standard, static websites. Instructor James Williamson explores how to increase productivity, interactivity, and accessibility with Dreamweaver. He also discusses how to extend the application's capabilities with XML and XSL. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Reviewing and customizing the coding toolbar
  • Understanding the CSS Styles panel
  • Using absolute and relative positioning
  • Creating accessible forms
  • Building AJAX pages with the Spry framework
  • Extending templates
  • Working with XML and XSL
  • Building dynamic content
  • Creating custom behaviors in Dreamweaver
  • Running reports
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Dynamically generating links

The last modification we want to make to our artist page is to make the list of links to our Bio page, dynamic. Currently they appoint to the old static pages and it would be too time consuming to redo them by hand. What's more, the artist listing on a page is dynamically generated. And our navigation would not respond to an artist being added or removed from the database. So it is a good idea to go ahead and make them dynamically generated as well. So to do that, we are going to go ahead and highlight all of our Bio links except for one and that would be Aimee because she is always on the top of the list. And we will just go ahead and delete them all. So make sure you go ahead and get rid of all of them except for the last one. And we certainly have enough information in our old recordset to populate this, but we are going to go ahead and generate a new recordset that's a much more paired down SQL Query.

So we are going to get to our Bindings panel and choose recordset and we are going to create a new recordset called rsNav. We will use the dsArtists Connection. So the more you do this, the more comfortable you get with this dialog box and you start moving through it pretty quickly. So, for columns we are going to choose Selected instead of All and we are going to choose id. We need to pass that into the Bio page of course. We will do our firstName and our lastName that's going to help us build the link and that's really all that we need. We can also go ahead and sort them if we would like and we will just go ahead and sort them by first name just like everybody else is doing and we will go ahead and remember to test our recordset before we try to use it on the page and we are seeing that there is everybody's name and there is the id and that's all we need for our navigation menu so we will click OK and click OK again.

So, now in this page we have multiple recordsets. Nothing wrong with that; you can have as many of this queries as you like. So we will go ahead and highlight Aimee's first name and making sure that we are working from the rsNav recordset and one of the things I would like to do to ensure that is close all the recordsets that I am not currently working with, because it's really easy. A lot of times you will see first name and just go ahead and start to use it, but it's from the wrong recordset. So make sure you are doing rsNav. I will select first name and we will go ahead and insert that and I will select the last name and we will go ahead and insert that. Now our link is still pointing to the Aimee Bios page, so I am going to click inside the link anywhere to click on the link tag. I will go to my Properties inspector and bringing the Properties inspector to the forefront again. Just like the last time I am going to click on the Browse for File. So this is very similar to what we have just accomplished with the link to our Bio page.

So we will click on the bio.php. I will click on Parameters and once again we are going to pass in artistID and again the value clicking on the dynamic link is going to the recent id. Once again make sure you are working from the correct recordset or in the rsNav and we will choose id. Because the current ID and rsArtist might not match up the one in rsNav so you got to make sure that you are using the right recordset. So we will click OK and choose or select to go ahead and close all that.

Now, as we experienced, when we first build this page right now if we were to preview this we would only see the link to our first artist and we want this link to go ahead and build out. So we are going to use the technique that we used earlier which is the Repeat Region. Now one of the tricks of using a Repeat Region is to understand which element should repeat. And it might be tempting to repeat the A tag but we are in an unordered list. So if we do that we are just going to get numerous link tags inside of a list item tag and that's really not what we want. So we want build this out as a list, so in my Tag Selector, I am going to find a list item tag just to the left of the A tag and I am going to select that. So we want to make sure that we have the list item element selected. I will go to my Server Behaviors panel because that's where we are going to do our repeat region and now we can see that we have a lot of stuff going on in the page. So I am going to click the Plus button and once again I am going to choose Repeat Region.

So, I need to know which recordset I am using and I am going to use rsNav and again I am going to display all my records. So we are sorting them by first name we, are displaying all the records and we are pulling that from rsNav. So we will click OK, save the page and we will go ahead and preview that in our browser. Now this time I do want to update the file in the testing server so I will say Yes. I don't need to put the dependent files, so for that I will say No. And we should see our finished artist page.

So there is our list of links for the Bios page you can see that's being built dynamically from the database. Visually it's no different from what we see on the Galleries page, which is still static. So let's see if it works, if I click Bios, I go to Aimee's Bio and if I click Joe's Bio I go to Joe's Bio, fantastic. So it's working exactly the way that we expected. So if you want to take this exercise a bit further you could try to build out the Galleries page as well and that's going to require you to go through some of the same steps again and may be even think about making the Gallery page itself dynamic to complete the entire cycle. I hope that these exercise have gotten you excited about what dynamic development it can add to your site in terms of interaction and save development time. If you want to learn more, check out the lynda.com Dreamweaver CS3 Dynamic Development title.

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Q: In the Chapter 3 movie “Creating rounded corners with background graphics”, the instructor uses a .last class selector. What are the CSS properties of this selector?
A: The .last selector is as follows:
#current p.last{
background: url(../_images/current_btm_bg.gif) no-repeat bottom
left;
padding-bottom: 2em;
margin: 0;
}
The background is the bottom rounded corner graphic, the bottom padding keeps the type away from the bottom of the box and thus the rounded corners, and the margin ensures that the box elements fit seamlessly with each other.
 
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