How to create html pages on the fly from database? 
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 How to create html pages on the fly from database?

I am in the first stages of implementing a large directory-web site for
the
travel industry.
I want the site to rely on a database of adresses, photos,
banners, emails, etc.. and create html pages on the fly (after the users

did a query)  rather than having to build a html page for each section.

Does anyone could give me a few hints on how to do it?
Does Cold Fusion or File Maker Pro (or any other software) could make
this site dynamic and easy to maintain?
Do you need to be an expert in Perl or any other CGI languages?
I do not have my own server, is it worth to buy your own?
Could you through any rough figure on the cost of the hardware?

Thank you

Philippe Varichon

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Sat, 24 Mar 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 How to create html pages on the fly from database?

I am currently working on something analgous to this which we are calling
active documentation.  Basically, it's on-line documenation that is build
on-the-fly based on input configuration information (customized
documentation).  What I am using are Active Server Pages.  This allow you to
run the script on the server side (although the server has to run IIS) and
write out the info to the client in html.  The beauty of this is the urls or
pictures or whatever aren't hardcoded in the document but inserted in based
of the lookup, and then that is transparently inserted into the clients
document.  The software package I am using that helps me with this (though
doesn't do this for me) is Microsoft InterDev which is part of their visual
studio.  I write scripts in VBScript when they are running on the server and
JavaScript when they are running on the client.  I don't know anything about
Cold Fusion or File Maker Pro so I can't answer your questions about them
but InterDev helps to maintain the site.  Also if you are going to use a
database to store the correct pictures and addresses I have used Microsoft
Access to build it.  As to buying your own server I would first look to see
how much it will cost to have is hosted by another ISP taking into account
how long you plan to do this so I can't answer this question but I do know
PC servers (which is what you'll need for Active Server Pages) is cheaper
then UNIX servers, but their are other costs involved with this then just
the server.  To find out what HP offers in NetServers go to:
http://www.hp.com/netserver/index.htm .

Hope this helps,
Lisa Fowler

------------------------------------------
Lisa Fowler

Software Engineer     Hewlett Packard, Inc
Enterprise Network    3404 E. Harmony Rd
   Server Division     Mailstop B5

                                81132
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Quote:

>I am in the first stages of implementing a large directory-web site for
>the
>travel industry.
>I want the site to rely on a database of adresses, photos,
>banners, emails, etc.. and create html pages on the fly (after the users

>did a query)  rather than having to build a html page for each section.

>Does anyone could give me a few hints on how to do it?
>Does Cold Fusion or File Maker Pro (or any other software) could make
>this site dynamic and easy to maintain?
>Do you need to be an expert in Perl or any other CGI languages?
>I do not have my own server, is it worth to buy your own?
>Could you through any rough figure on the cost of the hardware?

>Thank you

>Philippe Varichon



Mon, 26 Mar 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 How to create html pages on the fly from database?
Claris Home Page 3. Hits a FileMaker database and is MUCH easier than ASPs
or VB.

Good Luck.

Quote:

> I am currently working on something analgous to this which we are calling
> active documentation.  Basically, it's on-line documenation that is build
> on-the-fly based on input configuration information (customized
> documentation).  What I am using are Active Server Pages.  This allow you to
> run the script on the server side (although the server has to run IIS) and
> write out the info to the client in html.  The beauty of this is the urls or
> pictures or whatever aren't hardcoded in the document but inserted in based
> of the lookup, and then that is transparently inserted into the clients
> document.  The software package I am using that helps me with this (though
> doesn't do this for me) is Microsoft InterDev which is part of their visual
> studio.  I write scripts in VBScript when they are running on the server and
> JavaScript when they are running on the client.  I don't know anything about
> Cold Fusion or File Maker Pro so I can't answer your questions about them
> but InterDev helps to maintain the site.  Also if you are going to use a
> database to store the correct pictures and addresses I have used Microsoft
> Access to build it.  As to buying your own server I would first look to see
> how much it will cost to have is hosted by another ISP taking into account
> how long you plan to do this so I can't answer this question but I do know
> PC servers (which is what you'll need for Active Server Pages) is cheaper
> then UNIX servers, but their are other costs involved with this then just
> the server.  To find out what HP offers in NetServers go to:
> http://www.hp.com/netserver/index.htm .

> Hope this helps,
> Lisa Fowler

> ------------------------------------------
> Lisa Fowler

> Software Engineer     Hewlett Packard, Inc
> Enterprise Network    3404 E. Harmony Rd
>    Server Division     Mailstop B5

>                                 81132
> ------------------------------------------

> >I am in the first stages of implementing a large directory-web site for
> >the
> >travel industry.
> >I want the site to rely on a database of adresses, photos,
> >banners, emails, etc.. and create html pages on the fly (after the users

> >did a query)  rather than having to build a html page for each section.

> >Does anyone could give me a few hints on how to do it?
> >Does Cold Fusion or File Maker Pro (or any other software) could make
> >this site dynamic and easy to maintain?
> >Do you need to be an expert in Perl or any other CGI languages?
> >I do not have my own server, is it worth to buy your own?
> >Could you through any rough figure on the cost of the hardware?

> >Thank you

> >Philippe Varichon



Sun, 29 Apr 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 
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