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Saving Complex forms into a DB?

Thread began 5/07/2012 3:28 pm by Peterson Design Studio - jefferis | Last modified 5/08/2012 2:19 pm by Jason Byrnes | 704 views | 5 replies |

Peterson Design Studio - jefferis

Saving Complex forms into a DB?

Hi folks,
I am creating a very complex form for a custom jewelry order request (OrderForm.php) I have UniversalEmail 4 and DataAssist. I'm looking for a tutorial or info on how to save the customer info into a database upon submit. Since this form is larger than the basic contact sheets, I was wondering if UE can handle this and if so, how...
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Jeff

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Storing this form into the database will be no different than storing any other form to the database.

You will need a column in the database table for each for element, and in the insert record behavior, bind each database column to the appropriate form element.

As far as emailing the form or storing it to a database, this is really not that complex a form.


About the only issue i can see is with the image upload. You have 4 file fields, so will need to have 4 image upload behaviors. it is possible that the selected images to upload can exceed the server post max size or cause the form submit to take longer than the max execution time settings.

see this page for details on php settings to be aware of with large uploads:
wap_upload.asp?page=php2

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Peterson Design Studio - jefferis

Does the Image processor work post Posting?

Hi Jason. I can limit the image sizes to under 1 meg each, but was thinking of using the image processor feature (which extension does that? I'm probably upgrading to the New Data group and I have Design Extender) to compress them if larger, but I am wondering if that processing happens while the form is being submitted rather than afterwards.

BTW, I don't want to store the images, just pass them along in the email...
Jeff

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

the upload behavior has a resize option to it, and there is also image resizer, both in data Bridge.

"to compress them if larger"

the problem with this is that need to be uploaded to the server before they can be compressed, so compressing them does not prevent the files from uploading if they are to big.


see the Archived documentation section of the Universal Email support page for a tutorial on attaching files in Universal Email.

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Peterson Design Studio - jefferis

I use a javascript to limit the initial size. I saw in Databridge to option to have a Wait icon pop up while loading. Is that part of UE or just the new DB? I started creating the form and UE connections before DB came out.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

the progress bar is included as part of Universal Email 4.

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