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    Is it possible to create a "Front-Page" database connection to my a5v5 database?

    If so, could someone please help me through the process.


  • #2
    RE: Web Development

    How would you normally create a FrontPage Database connection?


    • #3
      RE: Web Development

      Thanks for your reply...

      I have pasted the instructions from the Front Page help file below.

      Create a new database connection using a custom definition
      To display information from, or input information to, a database, FrontPage uses a database connection. The database connection specifies the name, location, and type of database you want to access, along with any other parameters it may require.

      Some database drivers for network database management systems require a large number of configuration parameters. Using the ODBC control panel, a database administrator can create a File Data Source Name (File DSN) containing all of these parameters on the Web server. You can then import the File DSN to your web and connect to it to create a new custom database connection. You can also connect to a Universal Data Link (UDL) file.

      If a given database driver requires parameters that you can't set using FrontPage, you can create a custom database connection to edit the connection string that will be passed to the database driver. When you use a custom definition connection, you have to make a distinction between browse-time and author-time authentication (with any other type of database connection the browse-time and author-time authentication are the same). The author-time username and password are verified by FrontPage in the Database tab of the Web Settings dialog, Database Results wizard, and Save to Database form handler. The browse-time username and password are used to open a connection when a page is viewed in a Web browser.

      When you use a custom database connection file, the author-time username and password must be present in the DSN or UDL file. When you use a custom definition string, the author-time username and password must be present in the connection string. Connection-string syntax is provider-specific; however, for most ODBC connections, you would add UID and PWD attributes (for example, UID=username;PWD=password).

      When you start the Database Results Wizard, you specify the database connection you want to use. To create a new connection using a custom definition, do the following:

      In Page view, open a page containing an existing database results region, or create a new page to contain the database results, and then start the Database Results Wizard:
      If you haven't yet run the wizard to create a database results region on the page, point to Database on the Insert menu, and then click Results.
      If the page already contains a database results region, and you want to replace that data with data from a different database connection, right-click anywhere in the database results region, and then click Database Results Properties on the shortcut menu.
      In step 1 of the wizard, click Use a new database connection, and then click Create.
      Click Add, and then type a name for the new database connection in the Name box.
      Click Custom definition, and then select a File DSN, UDL file, or edit a connection string:
      To select a File DSN or UDL file in the current web, click Browse. In the URL box, type the path to the File DSN or UDL file to which you want to connect, and then click OK. Or, use the Look in box and file list to navigate to the File DSN or UDL file you want, and then double-click the file in the list.
      To edit a connection string, click Advanced. In the Connection string box, type the appropriate string to pass to the database driver to which you want to connect. Click OK.
      Click OK to close the New Database Connection dialog box, and then click OK to close the Web Settings dialog box.

      To create a new database connection for a web without running the Database Results Wizard, click Web Settings on the Tools menu, click the Database tab, and then follow this procedure starting at step 3.
      Do not use a File DSN to connect to a database file in the current web; the File DSN will contain file paths that are incorrect for the Web server. Instead, under Type of connection, click File or folder in current web.
      Any timeouts or other name-value parameters for the database must be contained in the File DSN. If they are not, click Advanced, and then type the appropriate information.
      The database driver referred to by the File DSN or the connection string must be present on the Web server for the connection to work properly.


      • #4
        RE: Web Development

        OK, did you try that?


        • #5
          RE: Web Development

          Yes but Front Page does not recogize my a5v5 (.ADB)database as one that a connection can be made to.

          I think I've just answered my own question...

          I was hoping there might be someone out there who had discovered a way to do this.

          What I am wanting to do is give my users a web browser interface to the database. guess I'll just have to wait for the Alpha Web Server.


          • #6
            RE: Web Development

            You need to create connections to the tables (.DBF) individually, you won't be able to connect to the overall application (.ADB). As far as I know, this is true with Access and other database software as well when you are using ODBC and is not a limitation of Alpha Five specifically.


            Lenny Forziati
            Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
            Alpha Software Corporation