Although Director does not natively support database connectivity, it is possible to integrate a database into a Director movie. This TechNote covers several ways that databases can be used inside Director and how the connectivity is created.
The easiest way to integrate a database into Director involves using a third-party Xtra. These Xtras are developed by other companies and have a wide range of functionality, support and cost. Third-party Xtras are usually well documented, tested by the development company, and are designed for ease of use inside Director.
The other options outlined in this document use current functionality in Director or integrate Director with Macromedia Flash to connect to an Internet database. These techniques are not intended for local databases, are often complex to implement, and require knowledge of CGI, JSP, XML and other data-related technologies. The benefit of using these techniques is that they do not require the purchase of a third-party solution. They also allow customization and flexibility within the database connectivity.
The following list of third-party Xtras provides a brief overview of each Xtra: