Hey everyone, I'm new to the boards and have a quick question. I have an access database that multiple users are using. Unfortunately, management has said we need to remove Office from the teams computers so I need to create a data access page. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to how I should go about this? HTML? ASP? Or just a regular data access page?Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
If your IT geeks are planning on removing office then you have several choices. You can use Data Access Pages but the client PC's will still need to have a licensced copy of the OWC library (lerast I thinks its OWC).
You could purchase a copy of Access Developer and deploy the access application as an MDE file
You could rewrite the site in a scripting language and generate a 'true' web site. In this eventg a natural choice would probably be ASP
And to take that a step further here is something I put together about ASP that hopefully might help somehow.
You and others can have access to a database hosted on the Web from any location that has a browser with an Internet connection.
The Web database concept makes sense if you and your people want to do work in various locations in or outside the office and still be "plugged" in.
For example you could have employees enter timesheets or have sales reps log their contacts. Or perhaps you'd like customers to be able to check the status of their orders online without having to call the company.
If you want a Web database, typically what would happen is that a database such as Access or MySQL (basically just consisting of tables) would be put on the Web.
Dynamic Web pages are similar in many ways to regular HTML pages. But they are "live" because the user can read from and write to information in the database. An example where you can login and add, edit, or view fictional customers and invoices is at http://www.bullschmidt.com/login.asp
Not all Web hosts will handle dynamic Web pages but many do. The Web hosts that can handle ASP pages usually have a Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 operating system running an IIS Web server.
And the following newsgroup is good:
Or for a "quick and dirty" generic ASP open source solution to putting databases on the Web (often works well for the admin area of a Web site) that just requires setting up a configuration page for each table or query and uploading the database to the Web as long as there is an autonumber field in each table (and you'll probably also separately want to create login capabilities), perhaps try something like this:
GenericDB by Eli Robillard http://www.genericdb.com and then click on the Tips link to see an example