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Chapter 26. SQL Search Page

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As you have seen, a database exists for the sole purpose of storing data. Tables exist to separate that data into well-structured and meaningful blocks of information that can be accessed at any time in an ordered manner. Most successful Web sites exist because the information within those sites is relatively easy to access. When you search for a book on Amazon.com, you expect to find it within seconds of being on the site. You type in a book name, click Search, and the results appear in a well-structured and elegant manner. If you visit eBay's Web site in an effort to find that treasure someone may be auctioning off, you type in the name of the item you are looking for and select a form object, usually a Submit button, to perform the search. It's safe to say that in today's application service provider (ASP) business model, most companies employ some mechanism for allowing their users quick access to the data that powers the company.


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