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Using data wizards

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Video: Using data wizards

Dreamweaver supports a variety of features that help you generate PHP code for retrieving, inserting, updating, and deleting data in a MySQL database. In all of the videos of this chapter, I'll work in a folder of the exercise files area named 07_managingdata. If you're working with the exercise files, set your site definition to point to this as the root folder. I'm going to start by showing you how to use one of the data wizards that's included with Dreamweaver CS5.

Using data wizards

Dreamweaver supports a variety of features that help you generate PHP code for retrieving, inserting, updating, and deleting data in a MySQL database. In all of the videos of this chapter, I'll work in a folder of the exercise files area named 07_managingdata. If you're working with the exercise files, set your site definition to point to this as the root folder. I'm going to start by showing you how to use one of the data wizards that's included with Dreamweaver CS5.

These wizards are very easy to use and work very quickly, but they may not always be modifiable for your own site. First, I'm going to check to make sure that my database connection is set up correctly. I'll open any PHP file. I'll select index.php from the Home folder. Then I'll go to the Databases panel, and I'll double-click explorecalifornia. If you're working on Windows with WampServer, the settings should already be correct. If you're working with MAMP on Mac OS X, click into the Password entry and type "root," and then regardless of which operating system you're working on, click Test.

If you're working on Windows, you might see this message. If so, click OK, and then click Test again. And then regardless of whether you're working on Mac or Windows, you should see the message that the connection was made successfully. Click OK and click OK again. Now you're ready to create a web page using one of the data wizards. Create a new page based on the page type PHP. Set the Layout to none and click Create, and then save the file into your site's Home folder, and name it insertfromwizard.php, and click Save.

Then look at the page in Design View. I'm going to add a data entry form that primarily uses text boxes, but has one pulldown list, or select control, that uses data from the states table of my database. So before using the wizard, I'll add a recordset for that table. I'll go to the Bindings panel and click Plus and select Recordset. If you see the advanced Recordset dialog appear, click the Simple button, and you should see this display. Give the new recordset a name of rsStates.

The Connection should be set to explorecalifornia, and then set the Table to states. You'll be selecting both columns of the states Table: stateId and stateName. Set the Sort value to stateName, click Test, and it should show you a list of the first 25 records from the states table. Click OK and click OK again. Now you're ready to use a wizard to add a data entry form. Go to the menu and choose Insert, choose Data Objects, and you'll see three items named Insert Record, Update Record, and Delete Record.

Choose Insert Record and then Record Insertion Form Wizard. Once again, you're asked which table you want to work with. Choose explorers. Next you're asked which page you want to navigate to after the data entry form is finished. Click the Browse button, and make sure that you're in the correct folder, starting from 07_managingdata. From there, go down to the explorers folder and choose explorerlist.php.

You'll see that Dreamweaver sets that up as a relative address. Because your form file is in the root folder, you'll be navigating to explorerlist.php in the explorers folder. Now you're asked which form fields you want to display. You don't want to show the primary key column. MySQL will add the value for that. So click explorerId and then click minus, and that removes that column from the data entry form. Next, scroll down a bit and click on the state column.

Display that as a menu, rather than a text field. Then click Menu Properties. I'm going to display the values from the database query, the recordset that I already added to this page. So I'll choose From database, and I'll see the recordset rsStates appear, it's the only recordset in this page, and I'll indicate that I want to get the labels from the stateName column, and I'll click OK, and that takes me back to the Record Insertion Form Wizard, and I'll click OK again.

There is my data entry form. I'm going to test the form. I'll save the file and then view it in a browser. If you see the dialogs asking whether you want to copy the files to the server, indicate that you do. Once the form opens, make sure you type values into every text field. I'll set the FirstName as Joey, the LastName as Adams. Make sure that you enter a valid date for the Dob, or date of birth. I'll enter a value of 2007.

You can add any e-mail address, and then any address value, and any city. Set the Zipcode, UserName, and Password to any values you want. Then click Insert record. After the data entry form functionality is complete, you'll see that the new data is listed in the explorerlist page, but you might notice an issue, that the Birthdate is displayed in an odd way. I entered a valid date, but it's being displayed as a value of 11/30/99.

To investigate that, I'll go to phpMyAdmin and look directly at the database contents. I'll go to the explorecalifornia database, to the explorers table, and I'll show you that all the values that I entered into the form are in the database, but that the Dob was entered incorrectly. One of the challenges with using Dreamweaver's automatic PHP code-generation is that it isn't entirely up to date with the requirements of the MySQL database. So in the next video, I'm going to show you how to correct this issue by writing a little bit of custom PHP code and customizing the code that's generated by Dreamweaver.

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Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL

61 video lessons · 36996 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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