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Chapter 31. Survey of Web Databases > Why Access a Database?

Why Access a Database?

Most likely, your organization already has an existing database in which it has stored information about its products, its customers, and other aspects of business life. You might want to allow your customers to see some of this information, or you might even want to make the information in the database available to your workers stationed away from the office. If so, you would have to create XHTML documents that contain all this information several times, which can be a tedious task if you're part of a large organization. Integrating the Web with your databases can save you tremendous amounts of time in the long run, especially when it comes to maintaining that information. As long as you keep your database current, all your Web pages will be current as well.

Another good reason to use the World Wide Web to access your database is that any Web browser that supports forms can access information from the database—no matter which platform is being used. This enables you to create gateways to your databases that you or your co-workers can access from anywhere.


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