In This Chapter
Taking a look at the panels
Covering the recordset basics
Getting dynamic with your data
Creating master-detail page sets
Looking at more ways to use database-driven sites
If you've never used the dynamic development capabilities of Dreamweaver, get familiar with the windows and inspectors covered at the beginning of this chapter before you start creating your first project. In the rest of this chapter, you find out how these elements work together to create a Web site with dynamic features.
For the purpose of illustration, I use a simple Contacts database file, created with Microsoft Access, that features information about a few people — names, addresses, and pictures. If your site features another type of data, such as product descriptions or articles, don't worry — you'll add product names and descriptions to a Web page in much the same way I add names and titles from this Contacts database. Consider this a simple introduction to Dreamweaver's dynamic site features and remember that you can use these same steps to create any kind of dynamic Web site.
Make sure your test server is running and, because this chapter assumes that you're using Internet Information Server (IIS) or Peer Web Services (PSW) for Windows, make sure that you save all the pages as ASP pages (
.asp) so that the server parses the code correctly. If you haven't already set up the application server and established a connection to your database in Dreamweaver, ...