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Ankita Jha
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Joined: Sep 15, 2008
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Hello ranchers,
I have 2 applications one is in java (Web based application using Spring and Oracle as backend and ) and other one is in VB with Access as backend.
Problem is ,My web application is hosted on linux server.My web application needs some data from VB'application.So how this can be acchieved???
Is it possible to connect to Access thru linux server from my web application.
Any help will be appreciated.



Thanks in Advance,
Ankita
Tim Holloway
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Regardless of the OS, MS Access is a very bad choice for a web backend database. It isn't designed to be able to respond to multiple concurrent users.

Unlike the more powerful DBMS's, such as SQL Server, Oracle and the open-source systems like MySQL and PostgreSQL, MS Access doesn't run a server process that can listen for incoming requests on a network port. So the only way to access it from a remote system is to use remote file access and open the file directly as a network shared file. Or to front it with something like a local web server. And, since most web servers are expected to be able to run multiple concurrent requests, they won't have any built-in way to avoid corrupting the Access database.

There are ways to open and read access databases from Linux, but they are somewhat limited. This is partly because the internal structure of MDB files has changed drastically over the years. In fact, one of my biggest problems using Access on a Windows system came from having Office expecting one file format and my other tools expecting another one.


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