DbForms enables developers to build sophisticated web-based database driven applications in very short time and with very little efforts. DbForms - applications are built in a manner conceptually similar to RAD - database building tools such as Microsoft Access (for Windows-based applications) or Sybase PowerSite (for web-based applications).

Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools in general, allow a user to place database components and action elements on templates which then get executed at runtime. As you will soon discover, dbForms uses these same techniques for its own framework.

An important benefit of using DbForms is its openness to other systems. You may use DbForms in conjunction with common JSP-pages, Struts-based pages, etc. This means that you are free to use DbForms where it brings you the most benefits (dramatically reduce development efforts, etc.) and to use other techniques if you think that they offer a better solution.


DbForms implements the concepts of the Model - View - Controller design pattern and leads to typical 3-tiered web-applications.

Technical background

DbForms is based on the following specifications: "Java Servlets 2.3" and "Java Server Pages 1.2" by Sun Microsystems. For more information on server-side Java technology please see [servlet]

DbForms makes extensively use of the "JSP Tag Library Extension" included in the JSP 1.1 specification. [tags]

XML parsing facilities and other parts of DbForms use Apache Group's XML components:


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