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Is there a tutorial that teaches the code used in the final suggest.php file?

Hi all

The final download files appear to be markedly different to the content in the videos in places.

In particular, the code for the suggest.php file contains complex code for search forms that isn't covered anywhere in this course. Is it covered in a different module? If so are you able to able to advise where.

The final suggest.php file is as follows:

if ($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST") {
    $name = trim(filter_input(INPUT_POST,"name",FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING));
    $email = trim(filter_input(INPUT_POST,"email",FILTER_SANITIZE_EMAIL));
    $category = trim(filter_input(INPUT_POST,"category",FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING));
    $title = trim(filter_input(INPUT_POST,"title",FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING));
    $format = trim(filter_input(INPUT_POST,"format",FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING));
    $genre = trim(filter_input(INPUT_POST,"genre",FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING));
    $year = trim(filter_input(INPUT_POST,"year",FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING));
    $details = trim(filter_input(INPUT_POST,"details",FILTER_SANITIZE_SPECIAL_CHARS));

    if ($name == "" || $email == "" || $category == "" || $title == "") {
        $error_message = "Please fill in the required fields: Name, Email, Category and Title";
    }
    if (!isset($error_message) && $_POST["address"] != "") {
        $error_message = "Bad form input";
    }

    require("inc/phpmailer/class.phpmailer.php");

    $mail = new PHPMailer;

    if (!isset($error_message) && !$mail->ValidateAddress($email)) {
        $error_message = "Invalid Email Address";
    }

    if (!isset($error_message)) {
        $email_body = "";
        $email_body .= "Name " . $name . "\n";
        $email_body .= "Email " . $email . "\n";
        $email_body .= "Suggested Item\n";
        $email_body .= "Category " . $category . "\n";
        $email_body .= "Title " . $title . "\n";
        $email_body .= "Format " . $format . "\n";
        $email_body .= "Genre " . $genre . "\n";
        $email_body .= "Year " . $year . "\n";
        $email_body .= "Details " . $details . "\n";

        $mail->setFrom($email, $name);
        $mail->addAddress('treehouse@localhost', 'Alena');     // Add a recipient

        $mail->isHTML(false);                                  // Set email format to HTML

        $mail->Subject = 'Personal Media Library Suggestion from ' . $name;
        $mail->Body    = $email_body;

        if($mail->send()) {
            header("location:suggest.php?status=thanks");
            exit;
        }
        $error_message = 'Message could not be sent.';
        $error_message .= 'Mailer Error: ' . $mail->ErrorInfo;
    }

}

$pageTitle = "Suggest a Media Item";
$section = "suggest";

include("inc/header.php"); 
?>

<div class="section page">
    <div class="wrapper">
        <h1>Suggest a Media Item</h1>
        <?php if (isset($_GET["status"]) && $_GET["status"] == "thanks") {
            echo "<p>Thanks for the email! I&rsquo;ll check out your suggestion shortly!</p>";
        } else {
            if (isset($error_message)) {
                echo "<p class='message'>".$error_message . "</p>";
            } else {
                echo "<p>If you think there is something I&rsquo;m missing, let me know! Complete the form to send me an email.</p>";
            }
        ?>
        <form method="post" action="suggest.php">
            <table>
            <tr>
                <th><label for="name">Name (required)</label></th>
                <td><input type="text" id="name" name="name" value="<?php if (isset($name)) { echo $name; } ?>" /></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <th><label for="email">Email (required)</label></th>
                <td><input type="text" id="email" name="email" value="<?php if (isset($email)) { echo $email; } ?>" /></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <th><label for="category">Category (required)</label></th>
                <td><select id="category" name="category">
                    <option value="">Select One</option>
                    <option value="Books"<?php if (isset($category) && $category == "Books") { echo " selected"; } ?>>Book</option>
                    <option value="Movies"<?php if (isset($category) && $category == "Movies") { echo " selected"; } ?>>Movie</option>
                    <option value="Music"<?php if (isset($category) && $category == "Music") { echo " selected"; } ?>>Music</option>
                </select></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <th><label for="title">Title (required)</label></th>
                <td><input type="text" id="title" name="title" value="<?php if (isset($title)) { echo $title; } ?>" /></td>
            </tr>
                        <tr>
                <th>
                    <label for="format">Format</label>
                </th>
                <td>
                    <select name="format" id="format">
                        <option value="">Select One</option>
                        <optgroup label="Books">
                            <option value="Audio"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="Audio") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Audio</option>
                            <option value="Ebook"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="Ebook") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Ebook</option>
                            <option value="Hardcover"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="Hardcover") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Hardcover</option>
                            <option value="Paperback"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="Paperback") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Paperback</option>
                        </optgroup>
                        <optgroup label="Movies">
                            <option value="Blu-ray"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="Blu-ray") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Blu-ray</option>
                            <option value="DVD"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="DVD") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>DVD</option>
                            <option value="Streaming"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="Streaming") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Streaming</option>
                            <option value="VHS"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="VHS") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>VHS</option>
                        </optgroup>
                        <optgroup label="Music">
                            <option value="Cassette"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="Cassette") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Cassette</option>
                            <option value="CD"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="CD") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>CD</option>
                            <option value="MP3"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="MP3") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>MP3</option>
                            <option value="Vinyl"<?php
                            if (isset($format) && $format=="Vinyl") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Vinyl</option>
                        </optgroup>
                    </select>
                </td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <th>
                    <label for="genre">Genre</label>
                </th>
                <td>
                    <select name="genre" id="genre">
                        <option value="">Select One</option>
                        <optgroup label="Books">
                            <option value="Action"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Action") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Action</option>
                            <option value="Adventure"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Adventure") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Adventure</option>
                            <option value="Comedy"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Comedy") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Comedy</option>
                            <option value="Fantasy"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Fantasy") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Fantasy</option>
                            <option value="Historical"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Historical") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Historical</option>
                            <option value="Historical Fiction"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Historical Fiction") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Historical Fiction</option>
                            <option value="Horror"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Horror") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Horror</option>
                            <option value="Magical Realism"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Magical Realism") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Magical Realism</option>
                            <option value="Mystery"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Mystery") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Mystery</option>
                            <option value="Paranoid"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Paranoid") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Paranoid</option>
                            <option value="Philosophical"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Philosophical") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Philosophical</option>
                            <option value="Political"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Political") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Political</option>
                            <option value="Romance"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Romance") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Romance</option>
                            <option value="Saga"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Saga") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Saga</option>
                            <option value="Satire"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Satire") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Satire</option>
                            <option value="Sci-Fi"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Sci-Fi") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Sci-Fi</option>
                            <option value="Tech"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Tech") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Tech</option>
                            <option value="Thriller"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Thriller") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Thriller</option>
                            <option value="Urban"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Urban") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Urban</option>
                        </optgroup>
                        <optgroup label="Movies">
                            <option value="Action"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Action") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Action</option>
                            <option value="Adventure"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Adventure") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Adventure</option>
                            <option value="Animation"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Animation") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Animation</option>
                            <option value="Biography"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Biography") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Biography</option>
                            <option value="Comedy"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Comedy") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Comedy</option>
                            <option value="Crime"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Crime") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Crime</option>
                            <option value="Documentary"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Documentary") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Documentary</option>
                            <option value="Drama"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Drama") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Drama</option>
                            <option value="Family"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Family") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Family</option>
                            <option value="Fantasy"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Fantasy") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Fantasy</option>
                            <option value="Film-Noir"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Film-Noir") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Film-Noir</option>
                            <option value="History"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="History") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>History</option>
                            <option value="Horror"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Horror") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Horror</option>
                            <option value="Musical"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Musical") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Musical</option>
                            <option value="Mystery"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Mystery") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Mystery</option>
                            <option value="Romance"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Romance") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Romance</option>
                            <option value="Sci-Fi"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Sci-Fi") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Sci-Fi</option>
                            <option value="Sport"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Sport") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Sport</option>
                            <option value="Thriller"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Thriller") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Thriller</option>
                            <option value="War"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="War") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>War</option>
                            <option value="Western"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Western") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Western</option>
                        </optgroup>
                        <optgroup label="Music">
                            <option value="Alternative"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Alternative") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Alternative</option>
                            <option value="Blues"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Blues") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Blues</option>
                            <option value="Classical"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Classical") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Classical</option>
                            <option value="Country"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Country") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Country</option>
                            <option value="Dance"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Dance") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Dance</option>
                            <option value="Easy Listening"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Easy Listening") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Easy Listening</option>
                            <option value="Electronic"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Electronic") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Electronic</option>
                            <option value="Folk"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Folk") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Folk</option>
                            <option value="Hip Hop/Rap"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Hip Hop/Rap") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Hip Hop/Rap</option>
                            <option value="Inspirational/Gospel"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Inspirational/Gospel") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Insirational/Gospel</option>
                            <option value="Jazz"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Jazz") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Jazz</option>
                            <option value="Latin"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Latin") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Latin</option>
                            <option value="New Age"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="New Age") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>New Age</option>
                            <option value="Opera"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Opera") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Opera</option>
                            <option value="Pop"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Pop") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Pop</option>
                            <option value="R&B/Soul"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="R&B/Soul") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>R&amp;B/Soul</option>
                            <option value="Reggae"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Reggae") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Reggae</option>
                            <option value="Rock"<?php
                            if (isset($genre) && $genre=="Rock") {
                                echo " selected";
                            } ?>>Rock</option>
                        </optgroup>
                    </select>
                </td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <th><label for="year">Year</label></th>
                <td><input type="text" id="year" name="year" value="<?php if (isset($year)) { echo $year; } ?>" /></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <th><label for="name">Suggest Item Details</label></th>
                <td><textarea name="details" id="details"><?php if (isset($details)) { echo htmlspecialchars($_POST["details"]); } ?></textarea></td>
            </tr>
            <tr style="display:none">
                <th><label for="address">Address</label></th>
                <td><input type="text" id="address" name="address" />
                <p>Please leave this field blank</p></td>
            </tr>
            </table>
            <input type="submit" value="Send" />
        </form>
        <?php } ?>
    </div>
</div>

<?php include("inc/footer.php"); ?>

Thanks

Matt

2 Answers

Jennifer Nordell
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Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

Hi there, Matt Nickolls! I would not worry about the email form portion of it. That part was removed from this course due to several factors. First, the way that was shown to install the requirements to run it had been changed significantly. If you had followed that portion of the course to the letter, it would have failed after the changes. Secondly, it either required setting up your own email server or using a 3rd party email server with two-factor authentication to get it to work properly. Finally, there was a brief introduction to object-oriented programming principles that won't be fully covered until later and was somewhat out of the "scope" of this course at this stage of learning.

Later on down the road, you will learn to use third-party libraries, but you're not quite there yet. Please disregard the email portion for the time being :smiley:

Hope this helps! :sparkles:

edited for additional remarks

Also, the form that you are seeing the code for is a form for submitting a suggestion via email. It's not to do with a search. Don't worry. Later on you will learn how to search databases and get the information you need. There are several courses that deal with that :smiley:

Hi Jennifer

Just reviewing this answer from a few months ago, would it be possible to request an updated tutorial that instructs on how to set up a contact form like the suggest.php with php mailer functionality? I have found a couple online but they are not all that straightforward to follow

thanks

Matt

Hey Jennifer Ok no problem thanks very much for clarifying :)