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Chapter 25. Publishing Data on the Web > Creating Dynamic Web Pages

Creating Dynamic Web Pages

To create Web pages that display (and perhaps allow the user to update) data from a database, you must create a special type of Web page containing script that can fetch and update the data. The most common way to do this is to create an Active Server Page (ASP) that runs on the Web server to fetch requested information from a database, format it as HTML, and send it to the client browser. An alternative method is to use HTML forms that contain an ActiveX control and script to perform the same tasks. When you create an HTML form, you can design it to run the database code on the server or on the client.

With Microsoft’s introduction of the .NET architecture and ASP.NET, creating dynamic Web pages is almost as easy as creating desktop database applications. These tools help you create Active Server Pages or HTML forms to handle the database processing. You can also use Microsoft FrontPage or data access pages in Microsoft Access to build HTML forms that deliver dynamic information from your database. Let’s take a brief look at these technologies.


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