O'Reilly logo

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Codin’ for the Web: A Designer’s Guide to Developing Dynamic Web Sites

Book Description

EVEN THE MOST SKILLED WEB DESIGNERS can find the complexities of creating a full-functioned Web site to be a daunting task. Here to help designers create sites that not only work, but work well and are easy to update and maintain is an easy-to-read guide to Web programming basics from best-selling author Charles Wyke-Smith. Just as architects need to understand building materials and their properties, Web designers need to understand the code that serves as the foundation of their sites. Wyke-Smith ensures they do by teaching designers that all dynamic Web sites consist of essentially three components: a browser interface, Web server middleware, and a database. The guide covers everything from Web coding concepts and principles to building sites, designing visual interfaces, developing databases, developing middleware, ensuring a good user experience (through good code!), testing and debugging, and more.

  • Create dynamic Web sites that provide real-time responses to user inputs

  • Understand the basic structures of all coding languages, such as variables, functions, conditionals, loops, and objects

  • Use the power of PHP to program the business rules of your site

  • Learn techniques for validating forms to reject erroneous or malicious data

  • Import and export data from other applications via at les

  • Build and query database tables using SQL to manage the data generated by your site’s activity

  • Develop a simple content management system

  • Develop a password-protected members-only area of your Web site

  • Build a template-based Web site with dynamic navigation