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Chapter 8. Editing Records from Web Interfaces

Chapter 8. Editing Records from Web Interfaces

Most Web applications that rely on database content require that changes be made to the database at some point. For instance, a new entry must be added to a database whenever a customer submits an online order. And a database must be updated whenever a customer changes billing information, such as a change of address or a new credit card number.

Fortunately, Dreamweaver provides tools to make adding new records or updating existing ones easy. Master detail page sets, for example, make it easier to locate records that you want to change or examine in more detail. A master page lists a summary of groups of records, each of which includes a link. That link goes to the detail page, which lists a more complete summary of a single record. (You’ve seen information organized in this way on Web directories and catalog pages.) On both master and detail pages, you can decide which fields in a record and which records in a set will be displayed on the actual page. In this chapter, we show you how to get the most out of master detail page sets and look at the mechanics of adding, deleting and changing records, paying particular attention to Dreamweaver’s built-in tools for those tasks. We also look into some basic ways to manage permissions and user privileges—that is, how to allow users to create user names and passwords for logging in to your site.


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