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Master Visually®: Dreamweaver® CS4 and Flash® CS4 Professional by Rob Huddleston

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Chapter 16. Set Up a Dynamic Site

Introducing Dynamic Sites

Today, few Web sites can rely on static information, with content hard-coded into the (X)HTML document. Instead, they need to be able to respond to changes such as new members joining a site or customers adding items to shopping carts. Dynamic sites typically either retrieve information from or write data to databases, although they may also be used to send or receive e-mail, gather information from other sites, or perform any number of other tasks.

Plain (X)HTML does not provide the capabilities to offer dynamic content. Other programming languages, however, offer the ability to generate (X)HTML documents at the moment a user requests them. Many such programming languages exist, but three ...

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