Matt [..] > Good point - I should have clarified this. The ASP pages are > connecting to a MySQL database server running 4.0.x (not sure > of the version beyond that). > > Is there a way I can quantify how "costly" it is to > create/open a Connection object? I can't sit down in front of My understanding is that you are not necessarily opening a connection to the database when you use a connection object within an ASP page through ADO. A request is made for an open connection from the connection pool (assuming that connection pooling is enabled for IIS, which I believe it is by default); so as long as a connection is available, no new connection will be opened. If a connection is not available, a new connection will be opened and made available from the connection pool. This behaviour is in place to avoid the cost of opening and closing database connections. [..] HTH Chris Marsh Web Developer http://www.globet.com/ Tel: +44 20 8246 4804 Ext 828 Fax: +44 20 8246 4808 Any opinions expressed in this email are those of the individual and not necessarily the Company. This message is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is confidential and privileged and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete it from your system.