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Chapter 28. Using Dynamic Content > Overview of Dynamic Content

Overview of Dynamic Content

Dynamic content, as opposed to static content, is content on your Web pages that changes. Surf any page of Yahoo!, eBay, or Amazon, and you will find more dynamic content than static content. The information on those pages changes based on information from that company’s database (an item’s current price, or a list of today’s headlines); information sent by you the user (results from that search you just did, or the items in your shopping cart); or from other sources (today’s date and time, the number of hits a page has received, or the type of browser you’re using).

There really aren’t any popular Web sites that are completely static, and the reason is simple: When you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it; there’s no reason to return. So if you plan a successful career as a Web developer, you’re almost certainly going to need at least a fundamental understanding of how dynamic sites work. At a minimum, even a designer needs enough knowledge to work with the application developer if the site is going to be a good one.


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