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Dreamweaver MX: PHP Web Development

Dreamweaver MX: PHP Web Development

Gareth Downes-Powell, Tim Green, Bruno Mairlot

ISBN: 978-0-764-55868-9

Aug 2004

360 pages

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What is this book about?

PHP is one of the most popular server-side scripting languages available. It's powerful and easy to learn. Combined with MySQL — a fast, cross-platform, and free open source database — it makes a very effective tool for developing database-driven websites.

This book is all about developing PHP/MySQL websites with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, the premier visual website design tool. It will show you how to use Dreamweaver MX to rapidly develop database-driven PHP web applications with the minimum of fuss.

Throughout the book, we use a real-world example application, a hotel room booking system, to demonstrate just how quick and easy it is to build dynamic PHP sites with Dreamweaver MX.

What does this book cover?

Here are just a few of the things you'll find covered in this book:

  • Overview of Dreamweaver MX, PHP, and MySQL
  • Designing a site
  • Using server behaviors to interact with the database
  • Hand-coding and debugging in Dreamweaver

Who is this book for?

This book is for the web professional looking to develop database-driven PHP web applications using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. Some knowledge of HTML and web design is assumed, but you don't need to know any PHP or MySQL.


Style Conventions.


Web Support.

Chapter 1: What Is PHP?

What Is PHP and What Is It for?

Introducing Dreamweaver MX.

Dreamweaver MX and PHP.

Installing and Configuring PHP.


Chapter 2: What Is MySQL?

What Is MySQL?

Installing and Configuring MySQL.

MySQL Basics.

Additional Tools for MySQL.


Chapter 3: Getting Started with Dreamweaver MX.

The Essentials.

Creating a Site Definition.


Chapter 4: Planning the Web Site.

Architecture of a Dynamic Web Site.

The Brief.

Determining Site Features.

Planning the Database Structure.

Determining Site Functionality and Features.


Chapter 5: Beginning Site Development.

Setting Up the Database.

Using Templates To Standardize Layout.


Chapter 6: Manipulating the Database.

Database Operations within Dreamweaver MX.

The Hotel Booking System.

Building the Pages.


Chapter 7: Advanced SQL Usage.

Creating an Advanced Recordset.

Modifying the Structure of Existing Tables.



Chapter 8: Creating a Search System.

Search Engines.

Designing the User Interface.

Building the Query.

Displaying the Results.


Chapter 9: Hand Coding within Dreamweaver MX.

PHP Code Syntax.

Coding Options in Dreamweaver MX.

Good Hand Coding Practices.

Practical Example – Login System for Dreamweaver Hotel.


Chapter 10: The Server Behavior Builder.

What Is the Server Behavior Builder?

When To Use the Server Behavior Builder.

How To Build a Server Behavior.


Chapter 11: Debugging Your Code.

Programming Errors.

Debugging Techniques.



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