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Chapter 21. Getting Started with Dynamic... > Connecting Dreamweaver to a Database

21.4. Connecting Dreamweaver to a Database

Dreamweaver MX works with a variety of different databases, from Access to the enterprise-level Oracle 9i. It connects to those databases in a variety of ways, depending on which server model you've chosen. For the PHP server model, for instance, Dreamweaver uses the MySQL database and connects directly to the MySQL server. In this tutorial, you'll work with the Access database you downloaded.

Databases, like server models, come in many shapes and sizes: Microsoft Access, SQL Server, Oracle, FoxPro, MySQL, and so on. Fortunately, something called the ODBC protocol (Open Database Connectivity) serves as a common language that lets different operating systems and programs communicate with various databases. Each database vendor can create ODBC drivers that let you connect to its database.


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