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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Michael L. Talbert, PhD


This work examines the application of Internet software technologies to provide access to remote relational databases via the World Wide Web. The research applies these software technologies to assist the Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Institute Program in improving operations and student to staff communication. An analysis of the existing Internet software technologies revealed several competing technologies capable of performing the same database access functions. The analysis further revealed weaknesses and inconsistencies in the existing AFIT/CI database. A methodology is proposed to assist in analyzing an existing development environment and in selecting among the competing technologies to provide the web based database access. The methodology is applied to the AFIT/CI test case to demonstrate a technique of analyzing and designing web software components that will create new and improved uses for the existing CI database. Additional recommendations are also offered to improve the existing database operations. The results of applying the methodology demonstrated that it effectively focuses the developer on the key areas of the development environment necessary to choose among competing software technologies. Additionally, the methodology was proven to be flexible in response to changes in implementation technologies.

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