I need to create a simple form that will appear in blank when a visitor goes to a passworded WebDAV address; the data will then have to be part of a relatively simple (flat) database; and the database will have to be available for visitors to search and then to return a report on the search.
My machines at home and office are Windows. Can I design this thing in Windows–or perhaps with the OpenOffice.org database–and have it work on DreamHost’s Apache servers?
If not, do I need to find a VM or Apache emulator, and the appropriate db design tools? (Or, more likely, a database designer who already has this stuff…)
Is there an app of choice for Apache that can do what I want without my having to learn the intricacies of something like MySQL?
Or should I just stop thinking about all this now and just find someone who already knows how to do it?