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I am a new-hand and going to publish database (using MS Access) on the web. My questions are:
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Must I be the systemadministrator, so I can publish the database on web? Then I was told one must install the web publishing application tools in the server maschine, right?
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So far I konw only two web publishing application tools: the "Cold Fusion" and the "Internet Database". Which one could be the better one ? Is there any better one than these?
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Answering your question 1 :
No, you do not need to be the system admin to do that.
However, you need to tie down with your service provider to install the database and
application server eg. Cold Fusion, for you.
Access rights will also need to be assigned to the various directory.


Question 2:
My opinion is Cold Fusion. It is very easy to learn and understand.
Much like HTML tags. I will assume you have some programming background
and database knowledge in this case.

Apart from this, Allaire which markets Cold Fusion have a very good support for it.
You can post question regarding Cold Fusion and expect to get an answer overnight.
One will not feel helpless when using Cold Fusion.

The only problem is Cold Fusion is NT based.
Last I heard, they are working on a Solaris version. You can check out whether it has
been released or not at http://www.allaire.com

For sample sites develope using Cold Fusion, you can visit
1. http://www.sedb.com
2. http://www.singapore-careers.com
3. http://www.oac.com.sg 


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It is a very good answer. But I was told that the "Cool Fusion" is non-standard non-portable
solutions. How about the Active Server Pages ( ASP )?
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Check out the site below for a comparison between ASP and Cold Fusion.
http://www.houseoffusion.com/asp.htm

Perhaps one should clarify that neither ASP nor Cold Fusion is THE standard for
web database publishing.
But, Cold Fusion will be considered as high level programming whereas ASP might
need more efforts in some ways.
Both have their strengths and weaknesses.
Once again, I recommend the site mention above to have a quick overview of what
each can offers.

Answering the part about Cold Fusion being "non-portable".
Yes, in a certain way it is restricted to NT only.
Likewise so is ASP.
And should Cold Fusion be available on Solaris by now, I'm sure it will
command many followers from the unix world.
The only thing it can't beat in unix is Perl IS FREE.
But buiding a web application is definitely much faster with Cold Fusion.
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