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Chapter 3. Developing Databases for the ... > Connecting Your Database to the Web

Connecting Your Database to the Web

After you have built your database and have it located on your Web server, the next step in building your database-driven site is to create an avenue of communication between your Web server and the database. Although this can be accomplished using drivers designed specifically for your database, it is much easier to use the Open Database Connectivity Driver (ODBC) or the Java Database Connectivity Driver (JDBC) to accomplish the task.

ODBC and JDBC are standards that have been developed for communicating with modern databases. Most of today’s databases, including Access, SQL Server, and DB2, are capable of using the ODBC driver. Other databases are capable of using the JDBC driver. For instance, MySQL can use either the standard JDBC driver or connect through the ODBC driver using an additional program called MyODBC.


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