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Connecting to ASP pages with or without DSN

How does MySQL compare to Access 2000 and SQL Server as a back end for ASP pages? Does it run as a file like Access does, or as a service like SQL Server?

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You can connect ASP pages to MySQL using ODBC. Download the ODBC drivers. Once you have MyODBC configured, you can connect to MySQL with or without DSN.

Using DSN:
set conn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
conn.Open "DSN=mysql_dsn"

Without DSN:
set conn = createobject("ADODB.Connection") = "DRIVER={MySQL ODBC 3.51 Driver};" & _
 "SERVER=yourHostName;" & _
 "DATABASE=yourDBName;" & _
 "UID=yourUserName;PWD=yourPassword; OPTION=35;"
Check for values for the OPTION parameter.

This was first published in September 2006

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