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Passing URL parameters

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So now we need to establish a link between our artist page and our bio page and to do that we are going to go back to our artist page and modify the Bio link. So if you are following along in the exercise files, we want to be on artist page. Now doing this is amazingly simple. So we are going to scroll down and we are going find a link to the Bio page and it's in our little artist detail set down here. So I am going to highlight that and a really easy way to this is just go ahead and click inside the Bio link anywhere and use your Tag Selector to choose the A tag and that works just fine. Our link dialog box right now and I am going to click on my Properties inspector so it sort of comes in over here and our Link dialog box has a really long string in right now because it has some PHP text inside of it.

Passing URL parameters

So now we need to establish a link between our artist page and our bio page and to do that we are going to go back to our artist page and modify the Bio link. So if you are following along in the exercise files, we want to be on artist page. Now doing this is amazingly simple. So we are going to scroll down and we are going find a link to the Bio page and it's in our little artist detail set down here. So I am going to highlight that and a really easy way to this is just go ahead and click inside the Bio link anywhere and use your Tag Selector to choose the A tag and that works just fine. Our link dialog box right now and I am going to click on my Properties inspector so it sort of comes in over here and our Link dialog box has a really long string in right now because it has some PHP text inside of it.

Well we don't need to modify that we need to get rid of that all together. So instead of using a point default icon or something of that nature. I am going to go over here to the Browse for File icon. So I will click on that and it's asking me OK, well what file should I link to? Well we are going to link it to our bio.php file. So you are just going to browse to that as you would normally. So we are not using data sources like we did in the last exercise when we were browsing to a dynamic image. In this case however, whenever you choose Bio page, when we are working with dynamic pages, you are going to see you got the ability to pass Parameters. So I am going to click on Parameters and a dialog box comes up and it says okay, well, what parameter you want to pass in? Well the parameter value itself can be dynamic but ours is going to be static. We are going to type in artistID and remember ID is capitalized. So you are going make sure that your consistent with your naming conventions and that you really pay attention to how you spell something.

So it's the value that's going to change each time. So rather than typing in something here, remember every time we see this little lightening bolt symbol that is referencing some type of dynamic data. So I am going to click on that and it's going to bring up my recordset and it says Which of these items in the recordset corresponds to what you want the value of artistID to be? And that would be id so I am going to select that and click OK, click OK again. And I will click Choose and as I mentioned before that is amazingly simple.

So I am going to go up to File and I am going to choose Save All. We may need to upload a couple of pages before we can test this because when we created our Bio page we did a live data preview and we didn't test it in a server. So chances are it didn't get uploaded. So I am going to take my artist.php page and I am going to choose Put from my document toolbar. So right here on the document toolbar we have the ability to upload files and it's going to ask me if I want to put Dependant files. I am going to go ahead and click Yes because some things may have changed. And I will go to the Bio page and I am going to choose Put and once again I am going to go ahead and put the Dependant files just in case something has changed that I am not aware of.

Now go back to my artist.php and test that. So I am going to go ahead and preview this in my browser and it's going to ask me if I want to update the copy on the testing server or where we just uploaded it. So I am going to say No and we should see that inner browser there it is. Now this is our artist page, so as I scroll through I can see my various artists and now we will check my Bio link. So notice we are looking at artist.php. Here we will click Dan, we go to the bio.php. It's passing along Dan's artistID and as we scroll down to the page, we can see that Dan's painting is showing up on the page and if I click the artist gallery it goes to Dan's Gallery. Perfect.

So let's try one more just to make sure that everybody is working the way we expect them to. I will scroll down and we will find Williams and we will go to his Bio page. Once again we are still on the bio.php. So we are brought in to the exact same page, just passing a different parameter over, and there is William's painting and once again here is a link to William's Gallery and it's working beautifully. Fantastic.

Okay, well I am going create a Firefox and we are almost finished up, but there is one more thing I want to tackle. If I scroll over to the right hand side of the artist page we have a list of links over here and we had to create all those links by hand and we had to link them by hand, but we have all the information necessary to build this navigation menu in our database. So that's going to be the challenge of our next and final dynamic exercise.

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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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