Creating a database connection

Creating a database connection

The final step of the setup process is to create a connection to the database.

To create a database connection in Dreamweaver:

  1. Open any JSP page in Dreamweaver, and then open the Databases panel (Window > Databases).
  2. Click the Plus (+) button on the panel and select ODBC Database (Sun JDBC-ODBC Driver) from the pop-up menu.

    The ODBC Database (Sun JDBC-ODBC Driver) dialog box appears.

  3. Enter connTownsend as the connection name.
  4. (Windows only) Do one of the following:
    • If your server is on your local computer, select the Using Driver On This Machine option.
    • If your server is on a remote system, select the Using Driver On Testing Server option.

    Macintosh users can ignore this step because all database connections use drivers on the testing server.

  5. Replace the [odbc dsn] placeholder in the URL text box with CafeTownsend.

    The URL text box should look like this:


    If you’re using Dreamweaver on a Windows computer, during installation, Dreamweaver created a DSN called CafeTownsend pointing to the Microsoft Access database in the Dreamweaver application folder.

  6. Click Test.

    Dreamweaver attempts to connect to the database. If the connection fails, do the following:

    • Double-check the DSN and the other connection parameters.
    • Check the settings for the folder Dreamweaver uses to process dynamic pages (see Specifying where dynamic pages can be processed).
    • Consult Troubleshooting Database Connections in Using Dreamweaver (Help > Using Dreamweaver).
  7. Click OK.

    The new connection appears in the Databases panel.

The sample JSP application is now set up for the Getting Started with Dreamweaver tutorials. For more information, see Tutorial: Developing a Web Application.

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