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22. Adding Dynamic Data to Your Pages > 22.5. Viewing Live Data Within Dreamwea...

Viewing Live Data Within Dreamweaver

After you add dynamic information to a Web page, you see something like this in the document window: {rsProducts.prodID}. It gives you an idea of what the information is—in this example, the database column prodID from a recordset named rsProducts —but it doesn’t show any real database information, which can make designing a page more difficult. You’re especially far from seeing the actual result when a page contains a repeating region: What appears as a single row of dynamic text will actually appear as multiple rows or records when viewed in a Web browser.

Fortunately, you can preview a page with real database records directly in Dreamweaver. In addition to Design view and Code view, Dreamweaver includes a view for working with dynamic information: Live Data view. When viewing a dynamic page in Live Data view, Dreamweaver contacts the testing server, retrieves recordset data from the database, and displays it in the document window (see Figure 22-15).


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