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Introducing Apache, MySQL, and PHP

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Video: Introducing Apache, MySQL, and PHP

In a previous video, I described the available server software that you can choose from, and I specifically talked about Apache, PHP, and MySQL, the three elements that together are known as the AMP technology. I'd like to talk a little bit here about the nature of multi-tier applications, which is how we describe the architecture used in web-based applications. Multi-tier means that there are multiple elements that go into building a web-based application.

Introducing Apache, MySQL, and PHP

In a previous video, I described the available server software that you can choose from, and I specifically talked about Apache, PHP, and MySQL, the three elements that together are known as the AMP technology. I'd like to talk a little bit here about the nature of multi-tier applications, which is how we describe the architecture used in web-based applications. Multi-tier means that there are multiple elements that go into building a web-based application.

The client tier is the first tier. It's the one that the user interacts with directly, and it typically consists of a web browser hosted on a personal computer or other Internet connected device. On the server, there are three major tiers: the web tier, or Gateway, which receives request from the client, typically implemented as an HTTP server; the business tier, which contains the business logic on the server, typically implemented in an application server; and the data tier, typically implemented in a database server, such as MySQL, SQL Server or Oracle.

The client tier is the web browser, and its associated technologies. The web browser itself sends requests, receives responses, and renders HTML, or Hyper Text Markup Language, images, Cascading Style Sheets and other content that it's capable of rendering directly. It also hosts plug-in components. So it can execute both native client- side code in the form of JavaScript and also embedded code that's executed by the plug-ins. For example, Flash Player is used to render Flash content that uses ActionScript code.

All of this taken together is known as the client tier. The server part of a multi-tier application is implemented with multiple software packages that are designed to work together using web standards. The first tier is known as the web tier, or The HTTP server, and once again, it receives the request from the client and returns the response. Many of these responses are text- based, including HTML, Hyper Text Markup Language, and XML, Extensible Markup Language.

Other content returned by the HTTP server would include binary files, such as images and Flash SWF files. The business tier is the application server and once again the data tier is the database server. In a server environment that uses AMP technologies, the web server is Apache, the application server is PHP, and the database server is MySQL. If you choose, you can download native versions of the server software packages.

The three packages together are known as the AMP technology stack. You'll typically see them called WAMP, if they're hosted on Windows, LAMP on Linux, and MAMP on Mac OS X. If you want to download and install each element of the server stack individually, you can go to the web sites that host these packages. You'll find the Apache software at www.apache.org, PHP at php.net, and MySQL at mysql.com.

If you download these individual software packages, it's up to you to configure them to work together. Depending on which operating system you're working on and which installer you download, you'll get a certain amount of help in configuring them to work together. But if you want to get launched very quickly, you can instead choose to use a server bundle. A server bundle allows you to get started very quickly with almost no configuration. All of the server bundles I'm going to recommend here are free to download and use, and once you download, you can install them and get started using them almost instantly.

If you're working on Windows, I recommend WampServer, which you'll find at www.wampserver.com/en. This is the server bundle that I'll be using in all of the demonstrations in this video series. I typically do my web development on the Windows platform, and this is my favorite server bundle for Windows, because it's so easy to install and so tough to get wrong. If I'm working on Mac OS X, I typically choose MAMP, which you'll find at www.mamp.info/en, and I'll give you complete instructions in this video series about how to install MAMP, and how to use it during the video series.

Even though most of my demonstrations will be shown on Windows with WAMP server, I'll mention how you should adapt those instructions if you're using MAMP. There are other options though, that I won't be using in this video series, but are worth checking out. There are two packages in particular that are designated from multiple operating systems. The first is called Xampp, X-a-m-p-p. You'll find this at www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html.

There are versions of the Xampp server for both Mac OS X and for Windows. They're named the same, but they actually have different sets of software in them. They both include Apache, PHP, and MySQL, but they have different options and different user interfaces for managing them. And finally, there is the Zend Server Community Edition, available at www.zend.com/en/products/server-ce.

The Zend Server Community Edition is probably the most complete of these server bundles. In addition to Apache, PHP, and MySQL, it also contains the complete Zend framework, a set of open source PHP- based tools that can simplify your use of the PHP application server. I'm not using the Zend Server Community Edition package in this video series, only because it's a little bit more complex to set up, particularly on Mac OS X, but if you get serious about doing PHP development, particularly if you learn how to hand-code PHP and get into more complex application options, I find that the Zend server package is the most powerful of any of these options.

To summarize though, I'll be using WampServer on Windows for these demonstrations, and I'll be mentioning along the way how to adapt my instructions if you're using MAMP on Mac OS X.

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Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL

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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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