I have come to the same conclusion -- in some ways DW is making this so much more complicated than it needs to be I think. I think I'm going to dust off my old programming skills and see what I can do by hand. I've written this type of code ages ago -- but was hoping DW was going to make it al point/click-friendly....
Thanks for your response! Pauline ---- John Williscroft <email@example.com> wrote: > Hi Pauline > I think there's a clash of ideals, perhaps. Some people treat DW as a > crutch and rely on it completely, with no understanding of html or > web development. However, you've been trying to understand more about > the in-depth workings of what you need to do, and I think that means > you really need to just use DW as a tool to speed up your development > of the site. In other words, you need to get your hands dirty and > work in code view :-) > > The first question is where is the site going to be hosted and what > sort of middleware (programming language, e.g. Lasso, PHP, asp) will > you use and what is the database you'll be using. That defines what > language you need to learn and how the code will link to the > database. I'd forget the idea of a spreadsheet because it's insecure; > if someone enters the full path (i.e. www.yoursite.com/ > passwords.xls), they'll see all your passwords! In any case, if you > open an Excel file in a text editor, you'll see all sorts of rubbish > in there as well as the text you want - it's difficult to separate > the two, so what people generally do in that case is save the Excel > file as a csv file (which is just the text values with a comma in > between them all, so you read it in and dump the commas). > > I use a system for login (I use the Lasso application language), > where people enter a username and password (often, I'll use their > email address as the password). That's just a simple html form on the > first page. On the page that receives that, I check the database > against the username and retrieve the password. I compare each letter > of that against the entered password (usually case sensitive), and if > it's valid, I set a session variable. If it's wrong, I display a link > to try again. On subsequent pages, I check for the presence of the > session variable, and allow the page to display if it's set. You can > read up about 'session variables' in whatever language you use - the > idea is they automatically carry around some encoded information > without you having to write code to manually check a database or cookie. > > So, there's a lot to learn, mainly about whatever programming > language you choose. However, if I'm wrong about your interest and > you just want to rely on DW to do everything, then I can't help there > - sorry! I can recommend the Lasso application language, by the way - > it's easy to use, intrinsically secure and can eventually be very > powerful. There's also a DW plug-in you can buy, although it's better > to learn the coding yourself - you can install a developer version on > your Mac. See http://www.lassosoft.com/ > > best rgds > john > > > > On 3 Sep 2009, at 19:43, Pauline Johnson wrote: > > > Hey all, > > > > I am a newbie to Dreamweaver CS4 (Mac platform; my background is in > > print using CS applications). I have several basic HTML sites up > > and running, some video, download capabilites, etc., but now need > > to move along to a new functionality. I have spent hours pouring > > over the Dreamweaver CS4 Bible, and have a handle on putting > > together the elements to allow a simple login where the user is > > directed to a single page based on his/her username and password. > > Here is whatI am struggling to understand: > > > > 1. Can my validation table be an Excel spreadsheet? > > > > 2. Where can I get consise info on setting up the database server > > connection -- the book has so many "options" -- DNS, DNS-less, > > etc., talking about setup is so different on the Mac platform, > > etc., that it is overwhelming. > > > > My needs are very narrow, this site will only have a few users but > > each one needs to go to a separate page and not see anyone else's > > page. > > > > I have old programming skills in VB, and dbase ... I've googled for > > lots of info, and have read tons on the Adobe Dreamweaver site, but > > it seems like there is "too much" info that appears conflicting ... > > just need some help in sorting it all out. > > > > Any direction would be much appreciated. > > > > Thanks, > > Pauline > > > > > > -- > > This list is a free service of LassoSoft: http://www.LassoSoft.com/ > > Search the list archives: http://www.ListSearch.com/Dreamweaver/ > > Browse/ > > Manage your subscription: http://www.ListSearch.com/Dreamweaver/ > > > > > > > > > John Williscroft, iCatching Design Ltd > www.icatching.co.uk t:0845 644 2884 f:0871 733 5358 > firstname.lastname@example.org > graphic design | web-design | ecommerce | print design > > > iCatching Design Ltd > 24 Hampden Avenue > Thame > OX9 2DT > Registered in England at the above address > Company No. 04584788 > VAT No. 685899838 > > > -- > This list is a free service of LassoSoft: http://www.LassoSoft.com/ > Search the list archives: http://www.ListSearch.com/Dreamweaver/Browse/ > Manage your subscription: http://www.ListSearch.com/Dreamweaver/ > >
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