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Chapter 34. Types of Data Used with Fron... > Front and Center: Real-world Uses fo...

Front and Center: Real-world Uses for Databases

Many FrontPage users think that databases are only used for e-commerce sites or other sites that store large amounts of data. In fact, databases are useful on any site where the information being displayed might change from time to time. Databases are also useful for discussion Web sites.

When I started Jimco Add-ins, I used a static HTML page to display all of my add-ins. The maintenance of that page quickly became a nightmare. Whenever I redesigned my Web site, I had to reenter all the content for that page. I often wasn't able to copy and paste the data from the old page because the layout of the new page was different. The solution was to make the page a dynamic database-driven page using ASP and eventually ASP.NET. I was then able to easily update the site and reformat the page without reentering any of the information. I was also able to build a Web page that allows me to add, edit, and delete add-ins from a Web browser so that I can update my add-ins page from any computer with Internet access.


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