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Subject Re: Conversant and Databases
Posted 1/21/2002; 11:55 AM by Seth Dillingham
In Response To Conversant and Databases (#4250)
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On 1/21/2002 at 11:34 AM, Clark Venable wrote:

>Can anyone point me to more information on Conversant's ability to
>interact with relational databases?  I know Seth has mentioned it,
>but is it documented anywhere?

It's a feature that ONLY server admins can take advantage of.

Skip the next two paragraphs if you don't want the technical details.

When I say that Conversant can store content in "any database", what I mean is that Conversant isn't limited to storing it's content in Frontier's database. In fact, Conversant doesn't actually store it anywhere. There's another "application' written by Macrobyte, called Twine, which handles all the database access.

When Conversant asks Twine for something (like a message from the database), it includes a database id (a name)... but it's up to Twine to figure out how to get the info and which "physical" database to talk to (and how to talk to it). Every database used by Twine requires a driver (programmers reading this are now nodding their heads and saying "no kidding, Seth").

Anyway, this stuff isn't documented anywhere because it's a developer and server admin feature. We haven't released Conversant for use on your own server yet (without a consulting agreement with Macrobyte), so there's been no need to document these features.

Seth

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Re: Conversant and Databases
1/21/2002 by Steve Ivy
Seth, This is really cool. I had no idea that Conversant was so flexible. I


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