Web-based Database Applications
Mimer SQL's stability in run-time environments and the built-in support for JDBC and ODBC makes it ideal for building dynamic web-based database applications. Data can be extracted from a Mimer SQL database and included in web applications. Web applications can also be used to implement user dialogues for database transactions.
The connection between the web application and the Mimer SQL database can be made either directly from the web browser, or from the web server, or by using some kind of web application server middleware.
The most convenient way to connect your web application to a Mimer SQL database is to use some web application server middleware. There are a variety of middleware products available which link one of the server interfaces and JDBC or ODBC to provide document to database connections.
Mimer SQL has been utilized with a variety of these, including:
- Visual Café
- Star Office
- Tango Application Server
- Microsoft Internet Database Connector
- Netscape Application Server
- Cold Fusion
For connection at the web server either the (standard) Common Gateway Interface (CGI) or proprietary Server interfaces such as Microsoft's Internet Server API (ISAPI) or Netscape's Server API (NSAPI) may be used. These allow applications to be written using most programming languages. Commands embedded either in the web application, or in the request from the browser cause the applications to be called. The applications can read data that was returned with a request from the browser, and can write to a HTML page before it is sent to the browser. The applications can easily access a Mimer SQL database using Embedded SQL, JDBC or ODBC.
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