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Examples, from now and then!

Server based dynamic languages add functionality to web site creation that increases the value of a web site initiative while drastically reducing development time. Languages like PHP can be used in a number of situations that provide a robust back-end system on which to base your new dynamic Web Site. The following are some examples of Web applications that can be built with dynamic langages, giving you unprecedented flexibility and ease of maintenance.

Database Access

If you have an ODBC compliant database that contains information you wish to publish on the Web, dynamic langages make accessing that data very easy. Information such as stock levels, current pricing, order status and allowing order entry can be programmed into your site.

Intranets

A large relatively untapped market exists behind the firewall in organizations of every size, the Intranet. Intranets are the use of Internet technology within the boundaries of a company to improve communications and centralize information for easy access.

Running an eCommerce Site

Since dynamic langages can perform math functions and uses databases, it only makes sense that Commerce sites use dynamic langages to take orders, show stock levels, calculate prices and other administrative duties in selling goods over the Internet.

Shopping Basket

Featuring dynamically generated pages containing products taken from your catalog database, and the ability for both local and remote administration through a Web interface, this package provides a shopping-cart paradigm for the online shopper.

Call Center

Most telephone support centers have a database of knowledge, customers and outstanding calls. This information, if accessible via the Web, could drastically reduce the number of phone calls to the center. Allowing customers to browse the knowledge base for answers or to enter a call directly from the web will obviously reduce costs and improve customer service. Dnamic langages make this possible by connecting to any ODBC compliant database and being able to access the necessary information.

Reservation Systems

It is possible to use dynamic langages to generate graphic images. What this allows is the booking of seats in a theatre, restaurant, or trade show from a graphical interface. Seats that are taken will be indicated as such and those available could be selected and then reserved. The graphics pack allows a whole new world of generating dynamic graphics based on user input.

Web Mailing List Manager

A complete email list manager, with interactive user registration forms, automatic distributed and moderated mailing lists, and a complete web-based administrative back-end can be created. You can send email from your web documents for such things as Tips, News or other broadcast type situations. It can also be used to send information to a user after submission of form data such as download file location or activation keys.

Knowledge Testing System

Using a database it is possible to create product knowledge testing systems, provide test preparation for educational and training institutions or to build distance education systems.

Customized Content

Dynamic langages can be used to generate HTML pages on-the-fly. Any HTML tags can be contained in a database or variable. When resolved to data, it could contain more HTML. This allows you to generate HTML pages and therefore customize content based on user input. Content can also be customized based on the time of day, the IP address of the user or the type of browser being used.

Online Site Maintenance

Using the browser as a front end to databases or applications even further standardizes the manner in which employees access corporate data. Allowing updating of the single datasource keeps both the internal and web site systems in sync and live. If a site is generated from data in a database, the site can be entirely maintained from within the browser environment.

Site Management & User Tracking

With error trapping functions it is possible to have automatic page self verification. It is also possible to check all the links on a site to make sure all pages exist. With the logging features in dynamic langages, users behaviour can be tracked and the site changed to suit users activity with the site.

Virtual 'Instant Web Site' Creation

Using a database to store page layouts and site features, it is possible to create small static sites for users on the fly. By entering standard information about a company into a database and selecting colours, backgrounds and style, a site can be dynamically generated. Changing the look of the site is as simple as changing a field in the database and regenerating the site.

Revenue Generation

Sites make money by generating advertisement revenue. To make significant amounts of money from advertising revenue, a site needs multiple advertisers. It is possible to create random advertisement's based on weightings of the ads. It can also track the total impressions of each ad for pricing structure improvements.

Real World Examples

Email Validation - as the description goes, this code is used to validate an email. It doesn't check to see if the email is real, just that it contains all the necessary parts to be a valid email. In order to check if the email address is good, an email can be sent to the address and if no error occurs, then the address is a valid email. This can be added as a function though I have not added it here in order to not waste server resources.

How Old Are You - Something that you might think is really not that big a deal but actually requires more code then email validation. There are many good date and time functions, which are useful for more then just telling the time or knowing the date and time an order was entered. If you wanted your web site header to read "Good Morning", "Good Afternoon" and "Good Evening" this is very possible.

Send Someone An Email - Another of the very useful things about iHTML is the ease in which I can create code to send an email. This has MANY uses, from sending someone else the page you're on to having any errors generated on your site emailed to you as soon as they occur. Have a look at the ease of this function by sending yourself an email or even, someone else. Perfect for things like a greetings card site or even web based email. Anything is possible with code written to send emails!

A Word Censor Utility - An example of a censor utility.

A Password Creation Utility - Used for generating random passwords for login and password access to your site. Choose from 5 different password types.