access database to ADF format

I've been modifying an Access 2000 db (front end and back end) for a client.  I just got an email from her saying that their dp dept wants to "take the database and migrate it into an ADF format with a web interface".  

Can someone in simple english tell me what this is all about?  I don't even know what an ADF format is and wonder if I'll have to change the db for it.
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omgangIT ManagerCommented:
Best guess is she meant to say ADP project which was an available option for an Access db back then.  Read up on it here  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/about-an-access-project-adp-HP005273103.aspx

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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
"take the database and migrate it into an ADF format with a web interface".  "

In fact, if your client is serious about this, they need to be looking at  Office 365 in conjunction with Access 2013 Web Apps - just for a start.
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
OM Gang  has your answer here so you should accept his post as the solution...


Just note that this format is not supported by MS any way more.
...and the support for it on the web can be sketchy...
This format never really caught on the way MS thought it would.
It is not as simple as clicking a "Convert to ADP" button...
...then having everything work the same...
;-)
 

If the goal is to move this to a platform that is Web Based, then you should consider moving up to the newer versions of Access.

In Access 2010 and above you can create  a "web database".
Or you can use your current db and host it on SharePoint
Or invest in a program like this: http://eqldata.com/

Just some other things to consider...
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WFBwebAuthor Commented:
I've emailed my client about this but may not hear back until Monday.  I've been developing Access systems since Access 2 in 1995 and have been vaguely aware of ADP.  Can you tell me why an organization (this is a governmental org) would want to use ADP instead of just regular access?
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omgangIT ManagerCommented:
<<Can you tell me why an organization (this is a governmental org) would want to use ADP instead of just regular access? >>

OK, I'm chuckling right now as I work for a government agency.  There's no rhyme or reason to some of the decisions that get made........

Once again, my best guess is someone talked to somebody who knew someone who once put an Access adp project up on a website.  There's good advice from the experts above.  I personally have been favoring SQL Server dbs with .NET web apps of late but it's only one of many options.
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WFBwebAuthor Commented:
Just got this from my user:

ADF refers to Oracle Application Development Framework'. It has nothing to do with Access. It is a JAVA platform. They are rebuilding the entire thing.

Looks like I'll be out of a job.
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omgangIT ManagerCommented:
Sorry to hear that.
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
oops !
Fight back and push for Office 365 and a Accces 2013 Web App
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omgangIT ManagerCommented:
No objection here.
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WFBwebAuthor Commented:
I don't work directly for the county although I've developed systems for them before.  However, I know that it would be a waste of time to try and talk them out of it.  My guess is that they are already migrating other systemss.
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