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Introduction to PHP: Building the Form

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The viewer will learn how to create a basic form using some HTML5 and PHP for later processing.

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1. Set up your basic HTML file. Open your form tag and set the method and action attributes.


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
	<head>
		<title>My first php script</title>
	</head>
	<body>
		<form method="post" action="process.php">

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2. Set up your first few inputs one for the name and the gender.

A simple set of radio buttons will do here.
<label>Name: <input type="name" name="fullname" placeholder="Enter your name here."></label>
<label>Gender: <input type="radio" name="gender" value="M" checked>Male  <input type="radio" name="gender" value="F">Female</label>

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3. Label the date of birth field, setup a few select boxes that will use PHP to loop through respectively to get the month, day and year.


<label>Birthday: <select name="month">
				<?php for($m=1; $m<=12; $m++){
							echo "<option value=".$m.">".$m."</option>";
				} ?>
				</select>/
				<select name="day">
				<?php for($d=1; $d<=31; $d++){
							echo "<option value=".$d.">".$d."</option>";
				} ?>
				</select>/
				<select name="year">
				<?php for($y=1880; $y<=2014; $y++){
							echo "<option value=".$y.">".$y."</option>";
				} ?></select>
			</label>

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4. Set up a field for the email address.


<label>E-mail: <input type="email" name="emailaddy" placeholder="Enter your best email address."></label>

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5. Label the randomized ID # as ID #. Set the variable for this ID number and put it into a hidden field.


<label>My ID #: <?php $nyid=rand(0,199999); echo $myid; ?>
			<input type="hidden" value="<?php echo $myid; ?>"></label>"][/step]
[step="6" title="Set your submit button and close out the form and page.

			<label><input type="submit" name="saveme" value="Send Profile"></label>
		</form>
	</body>
</html>

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