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    database beginner question

    I've searched and could not find what I was looking for.
    I have NO database experience but need to learn quick

    I have an html page with an iFrame (flash menu on left - iFrame on right)
    When I click a product image on the left this is what I need to happen.
    - Flash send a variable
    - The iFrame to load an HTML page that will populate with an image, 2 text fields, and 3 hyperlinks dependant on what product is clicked in the flash.

    I am using access since it is what i have at work, and i can just add all the products in a table pretty quickly and easitly. I set up a table in access with the image, hyperlinks, and text that needs to populate in the html page. The HTML page is set up in tables if that makes a difference...

    I just don't know where to go from here to make my connections and how to set it up.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Access is detah on a stick.
    Member #2 of the "I wont critique Timmytot's designs anymore" club.

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    does anyone have anything already written that works like this that I could learn from? I'm kind of lost right now, and I need a little bit of direction. Or atleast some links that will explain how to do this, from a beginners stand point.

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    Why does what you are looking to achieve require you to used a DB ?

    From your intial post it seems to me like your just looking to include a file of some sort.

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    Well, I don't neccessarily need to use a database to do what I want, for now atleast. But, in the near future they are going to want a store and shopping cart set up. And everything has to be easily updatable... I am definetly open to suggestions though.

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    Yes, we have PHP and ASP on our server. although, I'm not to confident in the person running the IT department...

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    Well for your shopping cart you will deffinately require a DB and obviously a SSL.

    For what you are looking to do at the mean time though, I would suggest you just use standard pages.

    Just use "includes" for objects that may be required to be used on multiple pages [ meaning you make one copy, and just load that one copy into each page that requires access to that information ].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchuki View Post
    Well for your shopping cart you will deffinately require a DB and obviously a SSL.

    For what you are looking to do at the mean time though, I would suggest you just use standard pages.

    Just use "includes" for objects that may be required to be used on multiple pages [ meaning you make one copy, and just load that one copy into each page that requires access to that information ].

    Yea, I could do that... I was just looking for a way to get around setting up 200 or so html pages... And learn about databases at the same time.

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    You would still have had to set up 200 pages anyway even if you were going to use SSL and a DB to populate the pages.

    You would have to put code on all the pages to retrieve the data from the DB anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwh2 View Post
    use a database, don't use included html files.
    Why? Nothing he has specified really requires a DB? A few images and some hyperlinks.

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    so you're suggesting he should generate 200 HTML pages?

    i'm suggesting that he just use a DB and write one PHP page to grab the appropriate records.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwh2 View Post
    use a database, don't use included html files.
    Quote Originally Posted by bwh2 View Post
    so you're suggesting he should generate 200 HTML pages?

    i'm suggesting that he just use a DB and write one PHP page to grab the appropriate records.

    Good point, not thinking straight tonight. Ignore me.

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