Stepping Out in a Web Venue

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-08-13

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.

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