Stepping Out in a Web Venue

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-08-13 Print this article Print

After nearly two years, some decent efforts are finally emerging in the Web database space.

After nearly two years, some decent efforts are finally emerging in the Web database space. In particular, Caspios Caspio Bridge ( Web-based database stands out for its friendly Dynamic HTML administrative interface.

Instead of using HTML forms to create and edit the database, I could use an application with a native Windows look and feel, including menus and tool bars. The downside is the administration tool requires the very latest release of Internet Explorer Version 5.5. The data-entry and search forms that regular users see are normal HTML, though, and are usable with any recent browser.

Simple is still the byword. Caspio Bridge (as well as other online databases such as Intuits QuickBase) cant compete with desktop databases yet—searching, reporting and data summarization features are either very weak or nonexistent.

However, Caspio Bridge does provide a decent set of text, number and date data types; offers multiuser security; and has a reasonably flexible HTML forms interface, including the ability to embed HTML code for Caspio forms into a Web page on your own site.

Prices start at $4.99 per month.

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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