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Using the Insert Record server behavior

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Video: Using the Insert Record server behavior

Once you've created a data entry form using your own custom HTML and Cascading Style Sheets, and prepared your database table to receive inserts, you can then apply a server behavior to the form. The server behavior creates all of the PHP code you need to collect the data from the form and send it to the server. I am working in the file explorers/explorerinsert2.php. This version of the form already has all of the data validation I need. I will show the form in the browser and show you its behavior.

Using the Insert Record server behavior

Once you've created a data entry form using your own custom HTML and Cascading Style Sheets, and prepared your database table to receive inserts, you can then apply a server behavior to the form. The server behavior creates all of the PHP code you need to collect the data from the form and send it to the server. I am working in the file explorers/explorerinsert2.php. This version of the form already has all of the data validation I need. I will show the form in the browser and show you its behavior.

When I click the Submit button, I get validation messages on all of the relevant text fields and also on the State Select control. I'll go back to Dreamweaver and then open the Server Behaviors panel. If you don't see Server Behaviors on the right, as it is in my setup, you can go to the menu and choose Window > Server Behaviors. In the Server Behaviors panel, I'll click the Plus button and then choose Insert Record. In the Insert Record wizard, I am asked for the form that I'm going to collect data from.

There is only one form in this page, and it has a name of explorerForm; the database connection, and again there is only one explorecalifornia; and then the table into which I want to insert data. I'll choose the explorers table. Just as when using the Insert Record wizard, Dreamweaver detects the database structure and figures out dynamically what data types will be used in formatting data to add to the database. Most of these columns are simple text columns, but the DOB is a date column in the database table, and so it's going to be formatted as a date in my PHP code.

Also, just like the wizard, I am asked which page I want to browse to after the Insert operation is done. I will click the Browse button. I'll make sure I am in the explorers folder in my current site, and I'll choose explorerlist.php and click OK. In a previous video, I described one issue that happens with the generated PHP code from Dreamweaver. When you're working with date values, Dreamweaver isn't very good at formatting the date as needed for MySQL, and I showed you in that video how to write a little bit of custom PHP code that would collect the data correctly and format it for MySQL.

Now I am going to show you how to create that code in a reusable form. In the _includes folder, I've created a file named formfunction.php. The folder is _includes under the site root, and I have made a copy of two parts of the PHP code for my previous exercise. I have a require_once command that includes the Zend library's date class, and I have also included a copy of the GetSQLValueString function, and in the case for the date type, I've added the custom code that retrieves the data expecting the format that the users has to type in: month, day and year, and reformated it as required by MySQL.

Here is how I will use that file in the generated PHP code in my data entry form. I will return to the file explorerinsert2.php and go to Code View, and up at the top, after the require_once command for the connection, I'll add another PHP code block and another require_once command. And I'll include that file formfunctions.php, using the relative address ../_includes/formfunctions.php.

I'll close the name of the file, the require_once command, add the semicolon and close the PHP code block. Now in my newly generated code in this file, I have another version of the GetSQLValueString function. I don't need to remove that function definition because it's wrapped inside this conditional block, asking whether the function already exists. Because I've now included the version from the formfunctions file, this definition will be ignored, and the version that has the correct date formatting will be used at runtime.

I'm ready to test my form. I'll save my changes and run the page in an external browser. If you're prompted to copy files to the server, say yes. I'll type in some names. I'll type in a date of birth using the required date format. I'll use 6/23/2009. I'll add an e-mail address. I'll ignore the Address and City this time, because the form doesn't require them to be entered, and I have set up my database now so that they can be left blank, and I will choose a State.

Then I will click Submit, and I'll be taken back to my list page, and I'll show you that the date was entered correctly because of the revised and customized date formatting in my PHP code that was included from that separate file. So in this video, I have shown you how to use the server behavior for inserting a record and apply it to an existing data entry form. I've also shown you how to handle the special case of date formatting to allow the user to type in a date value in whatever format you choose.

You simply need to match the format of the date as expected when you create your Zend date object and match it to the validation rule in your form. Then you format the date correctly, as expected by MySQL. The result is a very simple data entry form that collects the data from the user, formats it correctly, and then sends it to your MySQL database.

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Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL

61 video lessons · 36370 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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