CHAPTER 10

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Getting Started with a Database

Dynamic websites take on a whole new meaning in combination with a database. Drawing content from a database allows you to present material in ways that would be impractical—if not impossible—with a static website. Examples that spring to mind are online stores, such as Amazon.com; news sites, such as the BBC (www.bbcnews.com); and the big search engines, including Google and Yahoo! Database technology allows these websites to present thousands, sometimes millions, of unique pages. Even if your ambitions are nowhere near as grandiose, a database can increase your website’s richness of content with relatively ...

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