Dreamweaver MX: Advanced Asp Web Development

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This book will take your existing knowledge of ASP and Dreamweaver and develop it further. Using the knowledge contained in this book, you'll be able to take your web applications to the next level.

This book is for web professionals who want to further their knowledge of creating ASP web applications using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, and learn professional techniques to make more powerful and efficient code. It assumes that reader has some ...

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Overview

This book will take your existing knowledge of ASP and Dreamweaver and develop it further. Using the knowledge contained in this book, you'll be able to take your web applications to the next level.

This book is for web professionals who want to further their knowledge of creating ASP web applications using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, and learn professional techniques to make more powerful and efficient code. It assumes that reader has some experience of using Dreamweaver MX to create ASP web sites

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904151210
  • Publisher: Wrox Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/21/2003
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
What's It All About? 1
Who's This Book for? 1
What Do I Need to Begin? 2
What's Inside? 2
Support and Feedback 3
Web Support 3
Chapter 1 Introducing ASP 5
Go Dynamic with ASP 6
Familiarize Yourself with ASP Basics 7
ASP Delimiters [left angle bracket]% ... %[right angle bracket] 7
Response. Write 9
The [left angle bracket]%= Shortcut 10
Commenting Code 11
VBScript Basics 14
Working with Variables 14
So Why Dim Variables? 15
Outputting Variables 15
Variable Scope? 16
Data Types 17
Integer 17
String 18
Boolean 20
An Aside: Finding Out a Variable's Data Type 21
Date 21
Empty and Null 22
Naming Your Variables 23
VBScript Operators 25
Comparison Operators 25
Logical Operators 26
Arithmetic Operators 28
Operator Precedence 31
Summary 33
Chapter 2 Decision Making, Loops, and Arrays 35
Decision-Making Process 35
If ... Then ... Else, Elself 36
Select Case 39
Looping Through Code 41
While ... Wend 41
Do While/Until ... Loop 43
For ... Next 45
For Each ... Next 46
The Dreaded Infinite Loop 47
Working with Arrays 48
Anatomy of an Array 48
Looping Through an Array 52
Converting a Recordset to an Array 55
Putting It All Together 56
Getting the Records 56
Building the Array and Gathering Stats 58
Send the Emails 61
Summary 65
Chapter 3 Functions 67
What Are They? 67
Built-In Functions 72
String Functions 72
Typecasting Functions 73
Math Functions 73
Date Functions 74
Function Power 74
String Functions 74
Typecasting Functions 81
Math Functions 85
Date Functions 87
Summary 94
Chapter 4 Objects, Properties, Methods, and Events 97
Objects 98
Methods & Properties 98
Collections 98
Events 99
Instances 99
Building Objects 99
global.asa 102
ASP Built-in Objects 103
Application Object 103
Response Object 108
Request Object 114
Server Object 121
Summary 124
Chapter 5 Error Handling 127
Common Coding Practices 128
Trapping Errors 131
The Err Object 132
Turning Error Handling Off Again 136
The ASPError Object 136
Summary 143
Chapter 6 Extending Dreamweaver MX 145
Anatomy of an Extension 146
The Extension Code 146
The Interface 147
Behind the Scenes 153
Preparing for Distribution 156
Creating the MXI file 156
Creating the MXP File 160
The Second Server Behavior 161
Installing Extensions 163
The Extension Manager 164
Extension Resources 165
Personal Favorites 166
Summary 166
Chapter 7 Advanced ASP Databases 169
Stored Procedures 170
Using Parameters 171
The IF Statement 172
Triggers 173
The UPDATE Trigger 173
Sample Database 174
The Tables 176
The Relationships 177
The View 179
The Stored Procedures 179
Dreamweaver MX Command Object 181
Order History 182
Unfulfilled Orders 186
Cancel an Order 188
Backing Up Your Database 190
Summary 191
Chapter 8 File Handling 193
Objects and Collections 193
Server.MapPath 195
Dynamic Image Gallery 196
Playing with Folders and Files 197
Reading Text Files 206
Writing a Text File 210
Uploading Files 214
Encoding 215
Upload Components 216
Pure ASP Solutions 217
Summary 217
Chapter 9 Using XML with ASP 219
[left angle bracket]defined[right angle backet]XML[left angle bracket]/defined[right angle bracket] 220
Working with XML Files 222
Building a Tag Library 223
XML and Templates 227
XSLT 230
Transforming XML 233
Transforming Local Files 233
XML for Data Portability 235
Transforming Remote Files 235
Things to Watch Out For 240
Summary 240
Chapter 10 Sessions and Cookies 243
Objects 243
The Session Object 244
Application Variables 245
Active Users 246
Session Variables 247
Creating Session Variables 247
Removing Session Variables 248
Killing the Session 248
Session Variable Server Behaviors 249
Create Session Variable 249
Remove Session Variable 251
Abandon the Session 251
Cookies 252
Creating Cookies 252
Removing Cookies 254
Cookie Server Behaviors 255
Get All Data Sources Server Behavior 258
Summary 259
Chapter 11 Integrating Flash MX and ASP 261
A Brief History of Flash 261
Using Flash by Itself 262
Using Flash with ASP 263
Initiated by Flash 263
Initiated by ASP (Back to Flash...the Return Trip) 266
Flash MX in the Dreamweaver MX Environment 267
Inserting Flash 267
Inserting Flash MX Buttons and Animated Flash MX Text 269
Creating a Simple Application with Flash MX & ASP via Dreamweaver MX 269
A Brief Note About XML versus Databases 269
Creating a User Interface Prototype in XHTML 269
Recreating the Form in Flash MX 271
Creating the ASP to Handle the Form Data 279
Return to Flash 283
Adding More Functionality 285
Summary 288
Case Study 1 A Simple Blogging System 291
The Database 292
A Basic Site Map 293
The Cascading Stylesheet 294
The Admin Pages 296
The Admin Login Page 296
The Admin Main Page 302
The Admin Add Content Page 304
The Admin Edit Content Page 307
Summing Up the Admin Pages 308
The Display Pages 308
The Homepage 308
The Month Page 312
The Day Page 313
Summing Up the Display Pages 314
The Next Level 314
Room for Improvement 315
Additional Functionality 315
Summary 315
Case Study 2 Message Forum 317
Introduction 317
How the Forum Will Work 317
Specific Forums: Subject Matter 318
Forums Need Topics 318
Topics Need Replies 318
Don't Forget About the Users 318
How Does the Forum Flow? 318
Displaying Text from a Database 319
Inserting Text into a Database 319
Editing Text in Database 319
Relating Posts to Users 319
The Foundation, the Database 320
The forums Table 320
The forum_topics Table 321
The forum_replies Table 321
The users Table 322
Database Table Relationships 322
Populating the Database 324
The Connection 325
The Pages 325
empty.asp 325
login.asp 326
logout.asp 328
register.asp 328
forums.asp 329
topics.asp 331
post_topic.asp 334
Pause: Test the Application 336
replies.asp 337
post_reply.asp 341
Preparing for edit_topic.asp 343
edit_reply.asp 348
delete_posts.asp 349
Showing the Number of Posts 350
Summary 354
Index 357
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