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December 9th, 1999

[12:15 PM] Adobe Introduces GoLive Database Hooks
by Staff

Adobe has announced new modules for GoLive, their web development solution. The company has announced Adobe GoLive Dynamic Link for ASP and has announced future support of other database solutions as well. Adobe GoLive Dynamic Link for ASP allows users to directly interface with Active Server Pages, a Microsoft technology, thereby keeping HTML development to one application. According to Adobe:

Further extending its suite of integrated Web tools, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced a new set of powerful e-commerce and dynamic data modules for Adobe(R) GoLive(TM) 4.0 software, its award-winning professional Web design and publishing tool. Adobe GoLive Dynamic Link gives Web teams a powerful new tool to create visually rich data-driven sites for doing business on the Web.

Unlike existing solutions that require multiple tools, GoLive Dynamic Link enables both dynamic page design and database binding to be implemented directly within Adobe GoLive, allowing Web teams to focus valuable engineering resources on more complex programming tasks. GoLive Dynamic Link will support the leading e-commerce systems from Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Mercantec and Open Market.

Support for Microsoft's Active Server Pages

Adobe GoLive Dynamic Link for ASP, will deliver dynamic pages using Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) technology. Active Server Pages technology is a mature, open and widely deployed Web page development environment. ASPs can access department to enterprise level databases such as, FileMaker Pro, Informix, Microsoft SQLServer, Microsoft Access, Oracle8i and Sybase. And as part of the Windows(R) DNA family, ASPs can be built and deployed to service virtually any Web client, on any system, while providing a stable Web application development environment and protecting huge enterprise software investments. GoLive will also write ASP code to interact with Microsoft Commerce Server, as well as allow programmers to craft their own custom e-commerce solutions.

Support for Sun Microsystem's JavaServer Pages(TM)

Adobe GoLive Dynamic Link for JSP, will deliver dynamic pages using Sun Microsystem's JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology, which enables a simplified, efficient way to create cross-platform, e-commerce Web applications using server-generated Web pages. JSP technology is the only openly developed, cross-server and cross-platform solution for combining content from almost any enterprise data source to create a dynamic Web experience for the e-commerce customer.

Support for Other Leading E-Commerce Solutions

Over the coming months, Adobe plans to release modules that support other server side scripting languages and a wide range of e-commerce servers. Next summer, Adobe expects to deliver an SDK that will allow third parties to integrate GoLive with their own customer solutions for e-commerce and dynamic publishing.

Beta versions of Adobe GoLive Dynamic Link for ASP can be downloaded by registered owners of GoLive 4.x directly from Adobe's web site. The company says that the version that works with JavaServer Pages will be released in the spring. You can find more information at the company's web site.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is an exciting development for those into web database development. The downside is that Active Server Pages are a poor solution for web database deployment. However, Microsoft always does an excellent job in making it easy for developers, especially developers like Adobe, to develop for their products first. This is something that Apple should take note of.


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