Chapter 22

Crafting Multi-Page Applications

In This Chapter

  • Forwarding parameters via a URL
  • Automating application object production
  • Getting values from a form
  • Dreamweaver Technique: Building a Search Page
  • Making form elements dynamic
  • Administering data sources with web applications
  • Dreamweaver Technique: Creating the Results Page
  • Displaying variables
  • Authenticating site visitors

In a website composed of static HTML pages, each page generally stands on its own and is developed individually. In a dynamic website, however, applications often require multiple pages to be effective. A prime example is the master-detail web application where a search box on one page leads to a master list of results on a second page, each of which, in turn, is linked to a third dynamically generated detail page. To execute the application, variables and other information must be passed from one page to the next. The dynamic website developer has a variety of tools capable of handling this task, including forms and session variables. All these methods for creating multiple-page web applications are available in Dreamweaver and are covered in this chapter. I also show you a one-step procedure for developing a master-detail web application.

Additionally, this chapter covers the use of form elements such as text fields, checkboxes, and drop-down lists for dynamic data display. Form elements are extremely useful to the web application developer because they let the developer update objects on the fly. ...

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