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Installing a browser tool


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Dynamic Dreamweaver Websites: Creating and Validating Forms

with Candyce Mairs

Video: Installing a browser tool

I want to show you a tool that's very helpful when working in forms and having to test and enter data over and over and over. And the reason I use firefox is because it contains this tool. So especially when I'm working in forms in web development I tend to use this feature quite often and it saves lots of time. So, I have this listed on my website in the resources area under browsers because this is a Firefox browser add-on tool. You have to install it yourself.
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Watch the Online Video Course Dynamic Dreamweaver Websites: Creating and Validating Forms
3h 34m Intermediate May 19, 2011

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Forms perform an essential function in modern websites, making it possible to gather information from users and validate that information. In this course, Adobe Certified Expert Candyce Mairs shows how to create forms to email user information and validate user data using various methods of form validation. These validation methods include client-side, server-side, and custom validation; CAPTCHA images; and Spry validation fields. You'll also see how to set up a PHP testing environment and preview PHP pages in Dreamweaver. Along the way you'll build your skills in areas like using admin consoles, commenting code, working with variables and includes, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Installing XAMPP on a Windows system
  • Installing MAMP on a Mac system
  • Using admin consoles
  • Creating PHP pages
  • Commenting code
  • Working with web forms
  • Adding custom validation
  • Using redirects
  • Dealing with email issues
Subjects:
Developer Web video2brain
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Candyce Mairs

Installing a browser tool

I want to show you a tool that's very helpful when working in forms and having to test and enter data over and over and over. And the reason I use firefox is because it contains this tool. So especially when I'm working in forms in web development I tend to use this feature quite often and it saves lots of time. So, I have this listed on my website in the resources area under browsers because this is a Firefox browser add-on tool. You have to install it yourself.

Once you go to the browser resources you can see these are all different kinds of Firefox extensions. Or, they're a way to add on additional features to Firefox and one of the most important, in my opinion is this one here when you're working in forms. So I'm going to walk through the process of installing that. It just takes literally less than a minute. So let's click the Web Developer toolbar. If you go out to the Firefox website you'll be doing some searching in order to find this, so that's why I put it up on my site. I think you'll find it faster to get to it.

So click Web Developer toolbar. You need to have Firefox open when you do that, so we are going to install it in Firefox so Firefox has to be where we are now. I'm going to click the Add to Firefox button. What Firefox is going to do is pull it down to download, as soon as Install Now is available and clickable, I'll click that. I click Restart Now. It will open Firefox and that toolbar will be installed. So let's take a look at that.

Now within this area I should have my web developer tool bar. And you can see I do. So within the View > toolbars, if I turn it on this is the toolbar itself. So let me go back to View > toolbars, you can see it's turned on. Let me go back to Customize, and that feature is not here, it's listed right here. In this top left corner, where my curser is there's this little wheel, and in all prior versions the little wheel was down here.

So I'll click on it here and I can move it up into this area. I'll click Done, now you can see its available so I can open and close that toolbar this way. It makes it much nicer to be able to remove it when you want to. Okay so we've got the toolbar installed, I don't have to worry about Firefox anymore Let's go back to our form. Now if I want to preview this I'll preview it in Firefox. And I can click that link. You can see my toolbar I've left it open now.

I'll click on Forms, and my very favorite feature, Populate Form Fields. And it fills in information in every form field for me. Beautiful thing. Saves you lots of time when you're doing this over and over and over to test your forums. And notice if its an Email field and its named email as the forum field name it populates it with an email address. Now if I click contact us this is where are forum is right now. We're putting our tour dates in to an array in PHP. And that array is being printed to the page.

So as long as we fill out everything our form is working perfectly. That you can see the benefits of using this developer tool bar. Any other browser, if I go to it, I have to type in the information very time I want to submit the form to test the action page or the validation itself. So I'll be using this little feature, this forms populate form fields from the web developer toolbar moving forward in the course. So that features is called the Web Developer tool bar, and thank you to the person who created this because it has saved me hours and hours and hours of time when I am working in forms.

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