How can I get a DBMS to connect to and use data on a CD?

Joe Sam Shirah

In general you would need to use a DB engine that allows a connection to a database by drive and directory, like InstantDB or Cloudscape, which would also be small enough to run from the CD. Apparently this can also be done with Access, although in that case you would need a DSN and deal with the non-production quality JDBC-ODBC bridge.

Other DB engines often have an ATTACH command, but they usually expect to connect via another DB engine or middleware. While this would seem to be an ideal browser/applet combination, note that 1) without the plug-in you are limited to partial 1.1 support and 2) you must deal with the sandbox security model even for read-only data.