Extracting data from web forms
PostCast can completely automate data processing which you are receiving through your web forms. Web forms form an integral part of each and every web site. Regardless of whether it concerns the guestbooks, a 'subscribe' and 'unsubscribe' request for your newsletter, a fresh order for your product or any other form of web form at your web site, PostCast will automatically include all the received data in the database.
For example, imagine that you have set up a form at your web site which has order processing for your product as its primary aim. Assume that every time someone orders your product or services, you receive an e-mail that looks like this:
Registration fee: US$ 79.95
Number of licenses: 1
Shipping & handling: US$ 5.00
Total: US$ 84.95
Last Name: Johnson
First Name: Rick
Company: Advanced Communications
Street: 10235 Panorama Ave
City: Portland, OR 97233
This is the most common way to forward a web form! A guest to your web site fills the form using his/her data and clicks the 'Submit' button. The CGI script residing with the server simply inputs the received data to the e-mail message, and then sends you the message.
Some CGI scripts running the web forms have the option of entering data in the text file. Such files are usually called Flat File Databases. If you are using such a CGI script, then you can import your collected data in your tables quite easily. Take a look at Exercise 2 in order to learn how to import data from the text files.
PostCast will process the message, input the data to your database as well as retain a copy of the message in one of the e-mail section folders if required.
PostCast will extract all data from your e-mail messages and organize the received data according to tables.
Exercise 3: Extract data from web forms
Execute CGI Message Tags
Execute Program Message Tags