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Chapter 36. Accessing and Updating Datab... > Configuring a FrontPage Data Connect...

Configuring a FrontPage Data Connection

FrontPage reads and writes database information through named connections. A database connection names a Microsoft Access database located in the current Web site, an ODBC data source on the Web server, or a direct connection to some other database. Connections might initially strike you as yet another obstacle between you and your data, but they provide a number of advantages:

  • You can define all the information about a database once and then use that definition in multiple Web pages.

  • You can create or upload databases to your Web site and then access them with Web pages, without assistance from the server administrator. For example, you don’t need the administrator to set up an ODBC data source.

  • You can access databases in your Web site, ODBC data sources on the Web server, and any other databases available to the Web server, all in a uniform way.


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