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Web Development with Database

From: David Link <dlink(at)soundscan(dot)com>
To: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
Cc: "pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org" <pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Web Development with Database
Date: 2001-10-17 17:56:01
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> > I'm playing around with Macromedia's Dreamweaver and ColdFusion which
> > can use ODBC to connect to databases. (It can also use JDBC, OLE DB
> > and
> > has native support for Oracle and others -- not PG though :-)
> IMHO, Dreamweaver and Coldfusion leave a lot to be desired as real
> production platforms.  For playing around, they've OK.

What I have found for Web application development with Database are the
following solutions, in order of desirability:

1. Perl CGI programs using Perl:DBI for Database connectivity.

    This gives you lots of flexibility.  And with Apache Perl Mod you no
longer need to fork a new process for every client request.

2. Java Server Pages (JSP) using JDBC.  It requires some Java Servlet
Engine running along side Apache.  

    This gives you lots of flexibility, although development is not as
fast as perl development.  One could start out with Perl CGI and migrate
to JSPs as a project becomes more robust.
3. Macromedia's ColdFusion Server running along side Apache.  It uses
ODBC.  It allows the use of ColdFusion Tags to extend HTML and allow SQL
(among other things).  

   This is about as effective as using PHP or ePerl.

4. Active Server Pages (ASP) by Microsoft.  This requires the use of the
IIS web server rather than Apache.  ASPs can use Microsoft's ActiveX
Document Object (ADO) model on top of Microsoft's OLE DB database
connectivity which may rely on ODBC to connect to Databases that do not
support M$'s OLE DB.

   Too proprietary.

What are other people's opinions on this?
What is developed on?

Thanks -David

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