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Is Dynamic Dropdowns Good For This?

Thread began 8/10/2009 6:09 pm by jlifschitz185549 | Last modified 8/11/2009 8:32 pm by jlifschitz185549 | 2560 views | 4 replies |

jlifschitz185549

Is Dynamic Dropdowns Good For This?

Hi,
At www.dupontautocentre.ca I need to add a search inventory feature like on
index.htm
Is this possible with this extension or is any other extension more suitable (we purchased Super Suite).
Can this be done through xml data feed or needs to be from MySQL?
Thanks,
Joseph

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Dynamic Dropdowns will not be able to do the AJAX portion of the search that is implemented at the page you linked to, but it can be used to filter the available selections in the child dropdown lists by what is selected in the parent drop down list.


Dynamic Dropdowns does not support an XML data feed. You will need to use a database

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jlifschitz185549

That means I can achieve this with DataAssist?
If yes than how difficult can it be if I'm not very knowledgeable in databases and PHP?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

You could use DataAssist to manage the data in the database, you would still need to use Dynamic Dropdowns for filtering the items in the dropdown lists.

If you have no previous knowledge of MySQL and relational databases, the tough part will be understand how to create the record sets to populate the lists. Dydnamic Dropdowns filters the data down based on parent child relations that are created in the database.

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jlifschitz185549

I worked once with VB and Access so I know a bit of database relational management, but never did it onine. I'll give it a try, I'll start with Assist and see how far I can go. I was looking for a simple solution just because if this works than after its done it will be maintained by an in-house person with not very much computer knowledge, this is why I thought XML (text file) would be a better choice.

Originally Said By: Jason Byrnes
  You could use Assist to manage the data in the database, you would still need to use Dynamic Dropdowns for filtering the items in the dropdown lists.

If you have no previous knowledge of MySQL and relational databases, the tough part will be understand how to create the record sets to populate the lists. Dydnamic Dropdowns filters the data down based on parent child relations that are created in the database.  
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