Among the most ballyhooed interactive uses of the Web, database access has, until recently, been a cross‐platform, multi‐language, multi‐interface endeavor not suited to the faint‐of‐heart. Fortunately, Microsoft’s ever‐increasing domination of the software industry has led to the consolidation of many tools in one application. Beginning with Internet Information Server 2 (IIS 2), Microsoft brought together in one service all the tools necessary to deliver an existing database over the Web. This paper will present a case study of converting a Web resource (News and Newspapers Online, a comprehensive directory of online newspapers from around the world that offer free access to current, full‐text content) from static HTML files to a database (using MS Access 97), mounting the database on a Web server (using IIS 4), building the user interface (using HTML), and dynamically delivering the requested information (using Active Server Pages and Active Data Objects).
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