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21. Getting Started with Dynamic Web Sites > 21.5. Creating a Dynamic Page

Creating a Dynamic Page

Once you’ve set up an application server and database server, you’re ready to connect to the database, retrieve information, and display it on a Web page.

You already know the first step: Design an HTML page to display the database information. You can do this in any number of ways:

  • Choose FileNew to open the New Document window. Click the Dynamic Page category and double-click the appropriate dynamic page type: ASP VBScript, ColdFusion, PHP, or whatever. When you save the file, Dreamweaver automatically adds the proper extension: .asp for ASP pages, .aspx for ASP.NET, .cfm for ColdFusion, .jsp for JSP, or .php for PHP pages.

    You can then use any of the page building tools described in this book—tables, Cascading Style Sheets, Library items, or whatever—to design the page. Even though the file’s officially an ASP page, it still contains lots of HTML. Unlike a plain-vanilla HTML page, though, this one also contains the server-side programming code that lets the page communicate with a database.


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