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    Html hard-coded or SQL base?

    Hello
    Please be indulgent - I am an old-school RPG and COBOL programmer and newly "recycled" in modern programming.

    I am setting up a website to sell tickets with prices varying according to:
    - destination
    - arrival point
    - type of transport (shuttle, private, VIP)

    I was surprised to see that in all of the websites I viewed and in the tutorials I have been using to help me out, the values on drop-down boxes are hard-coded in the html file. I expected them to coming from an external database. Is hard-coding in html now considered best practice? Does it matter?

    Apart from the fact it looks ugly, I was just thinking that if in the future the company wants to apply a 10% increase, it would be easier to do in an external database and retreive via SQL than going to change every price manually in the html.

    Any ideas?
    Thank you in advance.

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    It could be you're mistaken about what's going on. If you are viewing the *output* of these web sites, by something like "view source" in your browser, then you are unlikely to be seeing the actual code of the web site. Such a site may very likely be querying a database to collect navigation structure, lists of flights, prices, etc, and then formatting and outputting the html to the browser.

    I.e. you're looking at a printout on green and white striped paper and asking why someone is bothering to manually type that page up each time

    Dave

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    I also think the same as "tracknut"... Dropdown list concept is not at hardcore programming, its quite easy....

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    Thank you. Yes, I see your point!

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