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Chapter 38. FrontPage and Web Parts > The Data Source Catalog

The Data Source Catalog

A significant new feature-set has been added to FrontPage, and it represents the most exciting new addition to FrontPage since the Database Region Wizard added in to FrontPage 98. That new feature-set is called Web Parts. Web Parts are XML-driven data access components that are extremely powerful. Using Web Parts, you can configure complex data queries. You can have multiple Web Parts on one page, and you can configure them to talk to each other so that they share data. You can access just about any data you can conceive using Web Parts, and you can do it all without a single line of code!

Web Parts rely on Windows SharePoint Services, and Windows SharePoint Services rely on Windows Server 2003. If you are hosting your Web site on a Windows 2000 Server, you won't be able to use Web Parts. However, Windows Server 2003 hosting plans are popping up all over the Internet, and Windows SharePoint Services support is appearing as well. Once you see the awesome power of these features in FrontPage, you will be beating down the door at your hosting company asking for Windows SharePoint Services. Web Parts really are that cool.


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