Microsoft Access.. for the Web
by Dustin Puryear
To be honest, I think there is little value in Microsoft Access outside of its insanely easy development front-end for programmers. That’s why Access is popular: It is very easy to create a database application from scratch using Access. Even with web programming languages such as PHP you have a steeper learning curve, especially since you need to setup Apache, PHP, and MySQL (well, those are usually running on a Linux server these days anyway, although that of course brings up an obvious security issue).
I think this article is addressing the case where you already have an Access application and you want to make the data available through a web front-end. In which case, for a lightly used application, there's no need to throw away or port the database. If you're already familiar with VB, then why not write an ASP front-end.