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Connecting Dreamweaver to a Database

Dreamweaver MX 2004 works with a variety of different databases, from simple Microsoft Access files to corporate mainstays like Oracle 9i. Depending on the server model you’ve chosen, Dreamweaver connects to those databases in a variety of ways. For the PHP server model, for instance, Dreamweaver works only using the MySQL database and must connect directly to the MySQL server. For this tutorial, you’ll use the Access database you downloaded earlier.

Databases, like server models, come in many shapes and sizes. Access is different than SQL Server, which is different from Oracle, FoxPro, or MySQL. Fortunately, there’s a common language that lets operating systems and programs communicate with all of these databases and more—a protocol called ODBC (Open Database Connectivity). Each database company creates its own ODBC driver software.


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