Open source database driven Web development: a guide for information professionals

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Chandos, 2006 - Computers - 230 pages
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The Author: Isaac Hunter Dunlap is an experienced web developer who has created numerous database driven applications with Open Source technology. He is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Information Systems at Western Illinois University Libraries. Summary: Almost every organization seeks a simple means of managing, publishing and/or providing searchable web access to information. Written by a knowledgeable web developer, this book demonstrates the simplicity, cost-effectiveness and versatility of designing database driven web applications with Open Source resources. Case studies of 'real world' implementations address both theoretical aspects and practical considerations of developing applications with the easy-to-use PHP scripting language and powerful MySQL relational database. Project organization and design issues are considered along with basic coding examples, accessibility standards and implementation advice. Key Features: 1.Introduces popular Open Source database tools (MySQL/PHP) and basic development skills, bringing database driven technology within the reach of any web developer 2.Explores strategies for improving content management, web publishing and information access 3.Uses non-technical language and presents seven university library web database case studies 4.Gives practical guidance and clear direction to make websites more interactive. Readership: The book is aimed at library science and information professionals engaged in web development and information management. The book will be of interest to instructors, webmasters, database developers, content managers and other practitioners. Contents: Weighty worlds of wonder: whats, whys and wherefores of the web The open source movement Six reasons to consider open source The database driven web Building blocks: cascading style sheets, PHP, relational databases, database design and normalisation, MySQL Standards and accessibility In pursuit of accessibility Web development planning The dynamic duo The indispensable function Database driven web applications Case studies: a database driven website, web content management system, a searchable online database, a digital object management system, a searchable URL database, a link management system and a database management system Further reading

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