developing a distributor profile database application for the intranet
Posted on 2008-10-12
I'm going to build a database for a small companies intranet using either Access or Sql Server. I have a lot of experience with building Access applications and I sometimes use Sql Server as the back end (all the apps. normaly use forms, subforms and reports in Access and I have used Excel to display and a lot of vba).
I have only built one static web page using Front Page. I have downloaded and looked at MS Visual Web Developer '08 express edition, so, am thinking of using that, but, wanted to get some feedback.
The main purpose of the app will be mostly contact management, tracking demo equipment dealers have, summarizing phone conversations, stuff like that.
So, I could do this in Access using forms/subforms for input and tracking and maybe a report or 2, but, I really don't know how to get it to display on a web page (which is what the customer wants). There will only be 5 - 10 internal users and maybe up to 5 external users.
- Would VWD be a good way to go?
- I don't think it will be hard to publish the final product to their intranet, but, not sure how external employees would view (maybe remote into the server?)
- I have looked at Access DAP, but, couldn't figure out how to do subforms. Should I consider using DAP?
- Other thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.