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Lesson 16. Hand-Coding a Basic CMS > Preparing the Content Management System

Preparing the Content Management System

Though it is often tempting to open Dreamweaver and start building pages right away, when you are developing a Web application, you are better served by thinking through exactly what you want to create, and at least outlining the major file assets that you need. The goal of this content management system is to create a group of pages that let users insert new country profiles, and modify or delete existing profiles.

You already should see a distinction between these two processes: When inserting a new record, you can just create a form that collects the data to be inserted, but to allow users to delete or modify existing records, the users need to be able to specify a record. In other words, the insert page doesn't require a master-detail page pairing, but both of the other two functionalities do. There's no reason, though, that the pages that enable users to modify versus delete records can't share the same master page.


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