Accession Number : ADA327745

Title :   Building a Dynamic Web/Database Interface.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Cornell, Julie

PDF Url : ADA327745

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 125

Abstract : This thesis examines methods for accessing information stored in a relational database from a Web Page. The stateless and connectionless nature of the Web's Hypertext Transport Protocol as well as the open nature of the Internet Protocol pose problems in the areas of database concurrency, security, speed, and performance. We examined the Common Gateway Interface, Server API, Oracle's Web/database architecture, and the Java Database Connectivity interface in terms of performance and flexibility. Oracle's approach was found to be the most robust and best performing approach currently in use, although the Java Database Connectivity interface has not yet been widely implemented. Based on our research and experience implementing a prototype, we conclude that Web/database technology is currently only appropriate for read-only type applications such as Decision Support Systems and Information Delivery Systems. The database access methods presently available cannot support more advanced capabilities of client/server type applications including client-side data validation, sophisticated user interfaces, and concurrency among multiple users.

Descriptors :   *DATA BASES, *COMPUTER NETWORKS, *INTERNET, DELIVERY, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, DYNAMICS, INTERFACES, THESES, USER NEEDS, ACCESS, ARCHITECTURE, READ ONLY MEMORIES, DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS, WEBS(SHEETS), JAVA.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE