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On 07/02/2012, Nino Novak <> wrote:

As a consequence: It would help most, if the database set up barrier could

We therefore should ask (and try to learn) what makes database creation so
difficult, and how could we contribute to ease the learing curve?

Or directly: how can we make database creation easy and a low-threshold

The statement made by someone that databases requires planned design
_first_ is important to remember. But for a novice how do you make the

This is why the original poster was asked the question why did
spreadsheet names have to be changed, although he doesn't think it
important. It is important to know the objective. For example, we
could be asked how to manoeuvre a 10-tonne truck a distance of 50
metres, when if we knew the objective was to buy a drink from the shop
across the road, we could advise it would be easier to walk! A silly
analogy but hopefully understood.

Maybe the way to promote the option of designing databases is to
describe particular scenarios and show how particular tasks can be
performed using either a database or a spreadsheet. Users would then
see two tutorial scenarios to show the (dis)advantages.

Hopefully someone can suggest such a scenario or two please?

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