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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.
I wanted to show you how to work with the Control consoles for both Zamp an Mamp. And let some of the PC folks, see what the Mamp interface looks like. Now in the install Mamp, on the Mac side. I do go through working with this interface, so I just want you to be able to see how similar these consoles are. The idea is, there is an Apache server and a MYSQL server. The MYSQL is the database, so we really don't need that running for this course.
You can see in this example it is running. On the Mac side, you get a little green circle if these are started. On the PC side, if I start these, we get the text that simply says that it's running, in green. So that's how you can access the information within the Zamp interface, to turn on the web server which is the Apache piece, and the data base which is the MYSQL piece. As I mentioned we don't really need the database running for this course.
It is installed and ready to go, if you decide you want to start working on the database side of things. So the Apache server, this is how you would stop both of them on the Mac side. So as long as they're both started, they're green, when I click stop servers these turn red. Now the assumption here for this course, is that the Apache server will always be running. And like I said, I'll go through a couple of these in the Mamp installation video.
So we now have Apache running. Now, in the Windows side, let me go ahead and stop this and show you in the interface within your computer. Once you have this Control panel open, you will see it down in your lower right area of your screen, and that's how you can open it. Let me show you what I mean. If I double-click my desktop shortcut, say yes, and it tells me its already running, this does not mean that Zamp has an issue, what it means is the Control panel is already open on your system.
So if thats the case, you say oh yeah that's right. I opened this, and you go down to this area, if I click on that, it opens it up. So that it's not an error in any way. The other issue you can have on the Windows side, maybe a permission issue, I don't usually have this problem but I wanted to point it out to you. If for some reason, you have permissions issues on your Windows system with Zamp installed, what you can do is right-click and say Run as Administrator. That should eliminate any issues you might have from a permissions standpoint. As I said, I don't usually have any trouble with that, but should you, this is how you can alleviate that issue.
So that is how we can turn our server. The Apache server specifically on and off. In the Windows side we click the Start button. On the Mac side, you can see this one says stop servers but once these are off and it's a red light it says start servers. So you use the same button to do both on both systems. So, that's how we can get into turning the Apache web server on and off for this course. I'm assuming it will be turned on for the rest of this course, so I won't be going through this process at the start of each movie.
Should you have any trouble and your pages won't show up in the browser, it may be because Zamp or Mamp is not turned on so just double check that setting. And that is the Control panel and Control console for both Mamp and Zamp and how to turn your web server on and off.
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