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    W3bbo

    Its tough being a student on a budget... with a WIAA (not WISA) web-host.

    ...I can't really afford the SQL Server hosting add-on so I can use DotText.

    Are there any ASP.Net blogging applications out there that support Jet4.0/Access? I know some guy wrote a plugin for DotText that enables Jet support, but its a broken link from his webpage.

    I experimented with DasBlog at home, but the code it generates is just plain ugly (Eat HTML3.2 and die)

    ...Again, with MovableType, but there arn't any instructions on getting it to work with IIS when you don't have full control over it (such as if you're in a shared hosting plan)

    I'm not interested in a blogging "service", such as LiveJournal, Spaces, DeadJournal, etc... but a blogging application I can use my own page designs and server with.

    Any suggestions?

    ...Other than writing my own engine, but it seems like too much effort, imo

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    eagle

    Dotnetjunkies.com can have you up and blogging in no time, oh, but it's up to YOU to write the blog!

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    Minh

    Have you tried MSDE ? The free, SQL-Server-compatible "desktop" engine? Not an enterprise-grade DB, but for a blog, should be OK.

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    AerosSaga

    If you want use DotNetNuke MyBlog would be an excellent candidate, it works with MS Access.

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    sbc

    Why do you even need a database for running a blog? Surely there are some systems that use XML as a backend. Thingamablog looks good. No data base required.

    SQLite is a good choice for a database as is PostgreSQL or Firebird. All have .NET providers (so could probably work with ASP.NET blog systems).

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/adodotnetsqlite/
    http://gborg.postgresql.org/project/npgsql/projdisplay.php
    http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=9028&package_id=62107

    Surely they are better database options than Access? EggHeadCafe has an article on creating a blog with SQLite.

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    sbc

    Minh wrote:
    Have you tried MSDE ? The free, SQL-Server-compatible "desktop" engine? Not an enterprise-grade DB, but for a blog, should be OK.

    You cannot run that standalone (i.e. just copy database file to folder with modify access) though can you?

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    Minh

    sbc wrote:
    Minh wrote:Have you tried MSDE ? The free, SQL-Server-compatible "desktop" engine? Not an enterprise-grade DB, but for a blog, should be OK.

    You cannot run that standalone (i.e. just copy database file to folder with modify access) though can you?
    As I understand it, MSDE acts just like SQL-Server, so any pre-existing code written for SQL Server will work for an MSDE backend. I'm sure there is some limitations, though,

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    sbc

    Minh wrote:
    sbc wrote:
    Minh wrote:Have you tried MSDE ? The free, SQL-Server-compatible "desktop" engine? Not an enterprise-grade DB, but for a blog, should be OK.

    You cannot run that standalone (i.e. just copy database file to folder with modify access) though can you?
    As I understand it, MSDE acts just like SQL-Server, so any pre-existing code written for SQL Server will work for an MSDE backend. I'm sure there is some limitations, though,

    It's very much like SQL Server, and when used for a weblog there are not really limitations. Limited to 2 GB (would have to be a very big blog to reach that)

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/downloads/addins/msde/examining.aspx

    You still need the backend MSDE server (so can't really use it for hosted solutions). You cannot connect to a file AFAIK (i.e. datasource=C:\path\to\database), unlike Access and the free alternatives. SQL Server Express looks like it could be a lot better than MSDE when it is out.

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    W3bbo

    I'm fully aware of alternative database products, but remember that I'm on shared hosting... my only backend options are whats provided... and right now thats limited to Jet4.0 and MySQL

    I'll certanly have a look into this "MyBlog", sounds attractive (just so long as I can rewrite the templates) Smiley

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    Minh

    W3bbo wrote:
    I'm fully aware of alternative database products, but remember that I'm on shared hosting... my only backend options are whats provided... and right now thats limited to Jet4.0 and MySQL

    I'll certanly have a look into this "MyBlog", sounds attractive (just so long as I can rewrite the templates) Smiley
    Well, there's a MySQL ODBC driver out, I believe. Not sure if you have driver install access, but that's an option.

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    sbc

    W3bbo wrote:
    I'm fully aware of alternative database products, but remember that I'm on shared hosting... my only backend options are whats provided... and right now thats limited to Jet4.0 and MySQL

    I'll certanly have a look into this "MyBlog", sounds attractive (just so long as I can rewrite the templates) Smiley

    You can run SQLite standalone (and Firebird and PostgreSQL AFAIK). No backend required on the server. The SQLite database file can just be put in the same folder as you would out an Access database. Access is probably easier to set up (thanks to native support by .NET, and a GUI familiar to many).

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