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Am 30.06.2012 14:52, Ken Springer wrote:
What frustrates me is there seems to be very few "simple and easy" to
grasp and use database programs anymore.

Some database such as MySQL is a development tool for well paid professional computer geeks. To some extent you need to get the same way of abstract thinking in order to get a small but consistent database structure.

Something like Base is a development tool on top of some database. Having a properly designed database, it is _comparatively_ easy (but still development work) to build forms and reports on top of it.

We _use_ databases each and every day when we start up our WIndows box (registry), a Linux box (find utils, package database), when we google, buy a book at Amazone, when we write something to this list (nabble database), facebook, or wordpress (content managment database).

Developing a database is hard work, designing the utilities for a database can be fun, using the utilities should be very, very easy (much easier than using a spreadsheet properly).

  Everything is migrating to the
power that MS Access (the Mack truck) has, when possibly all you need is
an electronic 3X5 file card system (compact pickup).

People get very angry when you tell them that Base is even more limited than MS Access. They want everything, now, for free.

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