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eyal8r December 1st, 2004 04:00 PM

Converting Access DB to Online DB
Hey guys-
It's been quite a while since I've touched this stuff- but, I am having a developer build our database. He only knows how to do it with Access on the computer, not online via web. When he's done, I'd like to convert this thing so that its on an internet site for employees to login and use. Im sure the actual conversion of database is easy, but, how easy is it to convert all the forms, queries, reports, etc to be used online? Or, should I just find someone else who knows how to build everything online right from the get go? Thanks for any help you can provide...

echovue December 2nd, 2004 04:29 PM

I was hoping to see a reply to this one as well, as it looked interesting. I don't know if it is or isn't possible, but there is a good chance that Access may not be the best tool for the job. If you don't mind my asking, what type of database are you building and how are you hoping it will function?


topshed December 3rd, 2004 02:09 AM

Yup, it can be done with ASP or ASP.NET

You will need a programmer or a very good ameture unless you want to spend month sorting it out from scratch

Good luck


Ray Pinnegar December 3rd, 2004 06:28 AM

If the size of your project is small, i.e. well within MS Access power, and the only users are internal to the company then consider building an intranet site. Find a shared web host that supports MS Access, use MS Access on each user PC, and then develop your project as an Access Data Project which is designed to do exactly what you are trying to do.
You can also use MS FrontPage for any extra web design.
Once set up, it is like working with a standalone system and so your existing programmer should be able to do it.


Cheers Ray

pans December 5th, 2004 08:00 AM

Just to make a few things clear, I am not a professional programmer nor trained in databases but pursue access programming as a hobby. So, my questions may look trivial and I request you to bear with me.

Reg the topic of this post, I am also trying to get my Access DB online using Data Access Pages. I am actually struggling with it as I find that getting DAPs is not that easy as doing queries, forms and reports in MS Access.
Anyway, I am curious.Referring to Ray's post, talking of a shared web host, are you referring to the web site services provided by Yahoo and the like ? and how do you find out whether the site supports MS access ? If this really works, then I will be really happy as my database is fairly small and has to be used within the company only.
I shall be obliged to ray for his clarifications.
Incidentally, recently I came across a company from Netherlands Blue Polar offering a RAD tool with the name Polar Studio which is supposed to move mdb DBs on to the web. Has anyone heard about this ?

Ray Pinnegar December 6th, 2004 05:22 AM

There are hundreds of ISPs offering shared hosting where you can run a MS Access database.
A competive one in the UK is http://www.1and1.co.uk which costs £9.99 per month.


Cheers Ray

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