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Chapter 37. FrontPage and Databases > Creating a Database Connection

Creating a Database Connection

FrontPage has offered database connectivity since FrontPage 97. It started as the simple ability to pull information from a database and list it on a page in an HTML table, but as FrontPage has matured, so have the database features it offers. Using the database features available in FrontPage 2003, you can easily store information about the people visiting your site, present an online catalog in an e-commerce store, and so on. Dynamically building content for your Web site using information in a database is a quick and easy way to make your site retain its appeal and freshness.

The database capabilities of FrontPage require a database connection. A database connection consists of information that is necessary to make a connection to your database. The information included in a database connection varies depending on what type of database you are connecting to. For example, if you are connecting to a SQL Server database, the database connection will specify the database server name, the name of the database to connect to, and a username and password if necessary. For a Microsoft Access database, the connection string will contain the path to the Access database, as well as other information as needed.


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