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Chapter 36. FrontPage's Data Toolset > Introduction to the Database Results Wiz...

Introduction to the Database Results Wizard and Database Interface Wizard

FrontPage first introduced data access technologies with FrontPage 97's IDC/HTX database connectors. The technology was cryptic, and FrontPage's feature-set wasn't very robust. Developers struggled with adding the interactivity and dynamic content they wanted to their site. The result wasn't very pretty. Not many developers embraced data access with FrontPage, and those new to FrontPage and Web design didn't even bother to explore the features at all. Then Microsoft introduced Active Server Pages (ASP), and everything changed. Suddenly, data access was well within the reach of all Web developers. Sites started appearing all over the Internet that used ASP to connect to databases and provide site visitors with great dynamic content. The Internet had certainly changed, but FrontPage users were left in the dust. FrontPage 97 just didn't have the toolset to develop ASP pages very easily.

FrontPage 98 changed everything. Microsoft introduced the Database Region Wizard, and finally FrontPage users had ASP firmly in their grasp. Plenty of FrontPage users were developing Web sites that displayed data fed from a Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server database. With the release of FrontPage 2000, the Database Region Wizard got a new name, the Database Results Wizard. It also got a few new features, but not many. Still, it was a good tool that enabled most FrontPage developers to design a data-driven Web site without knowing any code. It wasn't long, however, before FrontPage users had pushed the Database Results Region to its limit and were feeling the limitations of it bearing down on them. They were crying out for a suitable method for adding new records to their databases and for editing existing records. Enter the Database Interface Wizard.


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