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By ldavis ·
I am a new web designer. I have a customer that wants a form online for people to fill out and have it populate a database on the web. He also has a answering service that will field the same questions as the web that we want to populate to the database.
Can you point me to some good material's in TechRebulic to read regarding the subject of forms and databases on the web?
Regards,
Larry

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by donq In reply to Forms and Databases

I have a book titled "Running Microsoft Access 2000" by John Viescas that is sold through Microsoft Press. Active Pages (part of Access) are HTML web database objects but your wording sounds as though you have much to learn. There are "Firewalls","Servers", "Hosts", and there is "data normalization", etc. to contend with. I don't know which development tool you plan to use but Access does it all and does it nicely should you be looking for suggestions.

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by agibbs In reply to Forms and Databases

<ugh!>

Stay away from Access's representation of Active Server Pages (ASP). Very messy and not very customizeable. ASP is not a part of Access but a part of the web server itself -- in order to use them you must be hosting your site on a Windows NT/2000 web server. ASP pages are written in VBScript (a "lite" version of Microsoft's Visual Basic), so if you know VBScript you should be able to learn to build ASP pages easily.

As fot where to look for more information, it depends on a few more things:

What hosting platform are you using (are your web servers Linux, Unix, or Windows NT?)

What databases do your web server support? (Linux webservers, for example, usually don't support Microsoft Access)

I can offer you fast, reliable, database-capable (including Access 2000) Windows 2000 hosting at http://www.inwichita.com.

Need more help, email me.

--Aaron

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by hurin In reply to Forms and Databases

Dont dismiss any method of providing your customer what he/she requires. Access can provide pages that can provide a link to a database, this is not true ASP but DHTML. This is a true quick fix, and can be implemented quickly and without much thought. I would advise you though to use pure ASP and create connectivity either to a SQL Database or even a Access Database for rapid development.

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by twhaight In reply to Forms and Databases

You might also look at Allaire's Cold Fusion for entering and retrieving data from databases. It also has versions for Linux as well as WinNT servers, such as Apache, O'Reilly, as well as IIS

Cold Fusion is more stable than active server pages, and are easier to program.
Some other nice features: the tag CFForm elements, such as CFTEXT will generate javascript for you if you designate a field as being required

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