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ERIC Number: ED410936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 11
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The Web-Database Connection Tools for Sharing Information on the Campus Intranet.
Thibeault, Nancy E.
This paper evaluates four tools for creating World Wide Web pages that interface with Microsoft Access databases: DB Gateway, Internet Database Assistant (IDBA), Microsoft Internet Database Connector (IDC), and Cold Fusion. The system requirements and features of each tool are discussed. A sample application, "The Virtual Help Desk" demonstrates how to interact with a database using the four tools. Conclusions are then drawn about the four tools. DB Gateway is too limited and too complex to be a useful tool. For a user who wants a free product and does not have Windows NT server, IDBA appears to be an acceptable alternative. IDC is recommended for users who own a Windows NT server. Even with the disadvantage of the file organization, IDC is worth further investigation. It is still fairly straightforward and has the added benefit of the Access IIS Add-In to automatically generate .idc and .htx files. Cold Fusion is worth the investment if a Web programming development language is needed. Features of the four tools are summarized in a table at the end of the paper. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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