Chapter 6. Modeling Users

In Chapter 5, we ended with a stub page for creating new users (Section 5.4). Over the course of the next six chapters, we’ll fulfill the promise implicit in this incipient signup page. In this chapter, we’ll take the first critical step by creating a data model for users of our site, together with a way to store that data. In Chapter 7, we’ll give users the ability to sign up for our site and create a user profile page. Once users can sign up, we’ll let them log in and log out as well (Chapter 8 and Chapter 9), and in Chapter 10 (Section 10.2.1) we’ll learn how to protect pages from improper access. Finally, in Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 we’ll add account activations (thereby confirming a valid email address) and password ...

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