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Beyond the Basics

In Chapter 39, "Using Databases with FrontPage 2000," you were introduced to FrontPage's basic capabilities for incorporating database results and updating information in databases. This chapter expands upon the knowledge you have already gained and begins looking at creating more complex database systems. In this section you examine the differences between smaller database engines, such as Microsoft Access, and larger database management systems, such as Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle. Additionally, you are introduced to more advanced concepts; an example is using Microsoft's Active Server Pages to retrieve customized information within FrontPage as well as the use of server-side objects to enhance the functionality, speed, and security of your Web sites.

The computer industry has recently seen a revolution in the way computer systems are developed. First was the concept of the mainframe, a type of computer that acted as a host to any number of additional terminals that contained minimal computing power.


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