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How can we provide Web access to a DW/DSS database?

Some database software directly supports Web access, with other 
DBMSs you will need to use an intermediary application program 
called middleware. Examples of middleware include ColdFusion 
(, Active Server Pages, PHP (, Java, 
and Perl ( Allaire's ColdFusion uses Web server 
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to interpret requests 
and query a database. Perl (Practical Extraction and Retrieval 
Language) can be used to write executable files that create queries 
and display HTML pages. Middleware uses specific database drivers or 
relies on standards such as JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) or 
ODBC(Open Database Connectivity). ODBC is a set of Microsoft 
application programming interfaces that define how to move information 
to and from a PC database that supports the standard. Most PC 
databases support ODBC. Middleware processes the data, formats it, 
and returns it to the user as an HTML document. You can check a 
basic article from 4/20/2000 by B. Kotek titled "Choosing a Web 
Database" at


DSS News Stories

06/06/2000 Business Objects, a provider of business intelligence 
solutions, received an award for Best International Marketing from 
Software Business Magazine. Check

06/05/2000 Data Warehousing Institute conference "Best Practices in 
Data Warehousing and E-Business Intelligence" in Boston, MA August 
20-25, 2000. Check

06/01/2000 Call for Papers for DOLAP '2000, ACM Third International 
Workshop on Data Warehousing and OLAP, Washington, DC, USA, November 
10, 2000. Submission Deadline July 14, 2000. For more information, 
visit .

06/01/2000 Call for Papers for the 3rd Maryland IS Symposium at 
University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC), Friday, October 20, 
2000. Submissions Due July 15, 2000. For more information, see .

05/31/2000 The Eighth Annual Dimensional Insight Users Conference will 
be held in Nashville, Tennessee from September 13-17, 2000. For more 
information check

05/27/2000 Journal of Decision Systems Call for Papers - Special Issue 
on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems and their impact on Decision
Making. Submission Deadline: October 1, 2000. Call can be found at 

05/24/2000 IBM announced that its NUMA-Q 2000 E410 server set records for 
performance in the industry standard TPC-H business intelligence benchmark.
The system, running a version of DB2, produced outstanding results at the
300GB scale factor.


What's New? at DSSResources.COM

06/05/2000 Posted Dan's DSS Book Picks for Summer 2000.

06/05/2000 Updated and revised HTML and Programming Links Page.

06/04/2000 Updated and revised DSS Spreadsheet Links Page.

05/23/2000 Created DSS Newsletters directory and index page. Posted 
Newsletters Vol. 1, No. 1 and Vol. 1, No. 2.

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