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Other than Microsoft Access, what is the best software for doing database stuff?
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Oracle. You can download a cut-down version for free off the Oracle website, but it all depends on what you what to do with it. Do you need to develop a front-end application ? You also need to have a good understanding of SQL and the PL/SQL language to get it to anything meaningful.
If you do not know much about databases, stick with Access.
Know nothing about database.
What I need is to have a software to store customers data/projects quoted that will allow our group members to access to.
Dont know if that makes sense.
There's also the free Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition.
As Simon said though, it really depends on what you want to do with it. If it's a web application you're interested in then it's perfect as a back end database as they also give away Visual Web Developer Express free as well.
I'd agree with Simon again that if you're new to databases then Access is probably a good starting point.
* Typed too slow to see your reply there. Having seen it I'd say definitely use Access as my thoughts on solutions above would be a lot more work for a novice.
It is also a very important point to take into consideration as to how much data you will want to store. If you only have a small amount of data, you are probably better creating an Excel spreadsheet rather than a database application.
Borland Interbase is a also a good program for database applications. But it's not as easy to handle, more a program for developers. So I would also recommend for the beginning MS Access.
You could also try Alpha 5 Version 7 database software www.alphasoftware.com
It has a free 30 day trial download available and lots of comparisons on the site with MS Access and other db applications. It is very user friendly, I bought the application at the end of the trial period, after using the wizards you can have a database up and running in about half the time it takes to do so in Access. They are currently running price specials because they are bringing out Version 8 shortly.
Hope this helps
Filemaker Pro 8.5
If you know nothing about databases I would either go with an excel spreadsheet (maybe use a workbook per customer and store them on a central server). Or look at what software others in you industry use. If it is custom written for your industry sector it should have most of the fields already specified and save you from coding a front end.
If only a simple database is required, what about Microsoft Works? - Keith
Decided to go for Access.
Another vote for FileMaker Pro. First class product IMO... You can download trial...
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