Defining Sources of Dynamic Content

Defining Sources of Dynamic Content

Dynamic websites require a data source from which to retrieve and display dynamic content. Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 lets you use databases, request variables, URL variables, server variables, form variables, stored procedures, and other sources of dynamic content. Depending on the data source, you can either retrieve new content to satisfy a request, or modify the page to meet the needs of users.

This chapter describes the procedures for defining both databases and variables as sources of dynamic content. To learn more about the technologies discussed in this chapter, see HTML and web technologies resources.

This chapter contains the following sections:

About dynamic content sources

Defining a recordset

Defining URL parameters

Defining form parameters

Defining session variables

Defining application variables for ASP and ColdFusion

Using a variable as a data source for a ColdFusion recordset

Defining server variables

Caching content sources

Changing or deleting content sources

Copying a recordset from one page to another page

Getting Started with Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver Basics
Working with Dreamweaver Sites
Laying Out Pages
Adding Content to Pages
Working with Page Code
Preparing to Build Dynamic Sites
Making Pages Dynamic
Defining Sources of Dynamic Content
Developing Applications Rapidly