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This example walks you through the process of collecting and displaying customer product reviews. It was submitted to us by George Matsuo…
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This write up assumes you know
how to create a database connection in FP2000 to Access
what it means to pass a parameter to an ASP page
how to use the Database Results Wizard

If not, please read the tutorials on this site, particularly the ASP Wizard article. Also note, I did not write “click-by-click” instructions because I am using the Japanese version of FP2000 and I don’t know what the dialogs say exactly in English. Plus, I’m lazy.

As a prerequisite, I have to assume you already have a database of products and a way of displaying them collectively with hyperlinks that drill down to individual product write up pages. In this example, we will showcase the product on one of those pages and include user-reviews on the same page. Sorting by date and other trivial issues such as handling star gifs, etc. were left out intentionally.

We will use the analogy for a virtual bookstore like Amazon. Preliminary steps:
1. Create a database called Products (which I assume you have something
2. Create a table called Books that contains information on your books.
(book_ID, title, author, editor_review, rating) (Again, you probably have this in some form or another.)
3. Create a second table called Reviews (inside the same database)
containing at least these fields (book_ID, review_ID, reviewer, review,
4. Import this database into your web site.
At this point, you should have a database called “Products” containing two tables (Books and Reviews). Books should have fields at least for an ID, title, an editor’s review, and a numeric rating from 0 to 5. “Reviews” should have fields for at least an ID, the corresponding book_ID, reviewer, review, and a numeric rating from 0 to 5. For obvious reasons, make the review fields in Access “memo” fields. In summary, you have two tables linked by the book_ID field in a one-to-many relation.

1. Insert a database results wizard to display all the books (or filter as
necessary) in your Books table. Any format will do but you don’t need this to be a form region so delete the form if your option generates one. On my site, I formatted the output (step 5 of the DRW) with the “list ? 1 field per item” option.
2. Create a new page and name it Showcase.asp. We’ll use this next.
3. Create a hyperlink from the Title field of the “Book” database results
to the Showcase.asp page and pass the book_ID as the parameter. Your hypertext link should say something similar to ShowCaseBook.asp?<%fp_FieldVal(“book_ID”)%>.
At this point, if you previewed this page on your server, all books resulting from Step 1 should appear with the Title shown as a hyperlink. Clicking on that should open the Showcase.asp page (blank yet) and pass the book_Id as a parameter.

1. Insert the DRW results with a query of
SELECT from Books WHERE book_ID = ::book_ID::
2. Format as necessary but make sure you include the book_ID field in step
3 of the DRW. You can delete this entirely from the page if you wish but you need Frontpage to include it in its generated code to so that we can pass it as a parameter to a hyperlink.
3. On the same page, below the first results area produced in Step 1,
insert another DRW results page this time with a query of SELECT from Reviews WHERE book_ID = ::book_ID::
4. Format as necessary.
5. At this point, you should have two database regions. Insert cursor
before the end of the first one and hit return.
6. Insert text such as “Add my review” and create a hyperlink to
SubmitReview.asp?<%fp_FieldVal(“book_ID”)%>. (You haven’t made this page

At this point, if you had any reviews for this book (the one that was clicked on in Catalog.asp) they would appear in the second database region. You can format this to appear below a gif or simple horizontal line. Unfortunately, if you are following this step by step, there are no records to display yet. We’ll get there next.

1. Create a new page and save it as SubmitReview.asp.
2. I wanted to give my reviewers the ability to see what they are reviewing
so I inserted a database results region on the query of
SELECT * FROM Books Where (book_ID = ::book_ID::)
In any event, you want to get the book_ID field from the Books table onto this form so we can use it when we INSERT the review to the Reviews table.
3. I choose to output the book_ID, title, and review fields from the Books
table and included the book_Id as a hidden field. Then I deleted the <> form on my page.
4. At this point, you should have a field within which there are text
fields for every pertinent field of the book you want reviewed.
5. Insert your cursor above the default form buttons and insert text form
controls for the Review table fields (reviewer, rating number of 0 to 5, email address etc.). Insert a scrolling text form control for the reviews field (memo in the database).
6. In the form property dialog, choose to send to other, then click Options
and type Insert_Review.asp (we haven’t made this yet) in the Actions box. At this point, you have created a form to submit the review. We will now make the handler using the wizard.

1. Create a new page and save it as Insert_Review.asp.
2. Insert a database results region with a custom query (step 2 of the DRW)
3. All the fields entered in the SubmitReview.asp form are at our disposal
because they were passed as parameters to this page. Thus, you execute a simple INSERT INTO query like: INSERT INTO Reviews (book_ID, review, reviewer, rating, Email,
DateSubmitted) VALUES (::book_ID::, ‘::review::’, ‘::reviewer::’, ::rating::, ‘::Email::’, #::DateSubmitted::#)
4. At this point, you are done with the basic functionality. I am not a
good writer and apologize if these instructions don’t go into enough detail. I’ll try to make up for it by participating in the user forum.

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