Re: rapid development web interface to a database

From: Gregory Toomey (
Date: 05/10/04

Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 18:14:29 +1000 wrote:

> I am looking for the easiest web interface to a database. By easiest,
> I mean most rapid development. Because the requirements are so simple
> and standard, I'm hoping that something can take care of the grunt
> work. Easy maintenance, possibly by non-programmers (or at least
> "junior" programmers) would also be nice.
> I'm open to Perl, PHP, Java in that order (best solution wins, equal
> solutions go with the preferred language). I'm also open to anything
> that doesn't require code to be written to get the job done, as long
> as there's some way to extend it if I get stuck.
> The design is simple and is an age-old story:
> I have a database with about 15 tables. 5 contain data with the same
> primary key, 2 have their own primary key but still a 1-to-1 mapping
> to the "main" primary key, and 8 are master lists that the other
> tables reference (site id, customer id, that sort of thing). I need
> the following screens:
> simple search based on a couple fields
> advanced search based on most available fields
> search results simple display, showing a reasonable set of fields
> search results advanced display, showing large or configurable set of
> fields
> simple display, showing most commonly desired fields
> advanced display, showing all data
> add new record simple, requesting most commonly entered fields
> add new record advanced, allowing all fields to be manipulated
> edit existing record simple
> edit existing record advanced
> editing for each of the 'master' tables

Oracle have tools to do all that but it costs a fortune.