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Back in my Mainframe days, I had to write a General Ledger Accounting system in COBOL [not my choice] with a "master" database file[s] used for more than just accounting. If anyone wants to choose to say packages like Base is not good or some other negative term, ask them to try and write the database package from scratch with programming languages that are not designed to be a "flexible" as the modern object-oriented languages.

I have not used Access since 2000 or 2003, so I have not used Base, except to try it once and awhile.

To be honest, one reason why we do not have much Base documentation is the simple fact that there are not as many people out there that know Base well enough and can write documentation. It is much easier to find Writer and Calc documentation, since more people use it and understand it better than Base. That does not mean that Base is not a good package, just one that it not used as in-dept by as many people as the other parts of LO.

On 10/09/2012 05:01 PM, Ferry Toth wrote:
I agree.

I use it at the office for time registration and invoicing. At home for
the Taekwon-do club membership.

It's actually marvelous in combination with postgresql SDBC driver. And
actually useful as it is so easy to get your data to Calc, more useful
then I remember Access.

It always hurts a bit when people who don't use databases say that Base
is not good, databases are not useful etc.

I know a lot of people that never use a spreadsheet either. But I think
LO wouldn't be complete with Calc or Base.

My experience: de builtin hsql backend was very slow last time I tried,
sqlite unusefull, mysql OK but I couldn't find anything like PG Admin to
administer it.

So, if you have the choice, go for postgresql.


Wolfgang Keller schreef op za 06-10-2012 om 21:34 [+0200]:

I am going to stick my head above the parapet and say it should have
an embedded database functionality that is secure and reliable.
Since recently, LO comes with a native driver for PostgreSQL. That's
probably the best thing that the LO developers have done for quite
some time. Since it makes LO Base actually useable *and a lot better*
than Access (which is unusable with PostgreSQL).

That is an essential requirement for entry-level users that have only
ever used Access.
Reliability? As an essential requirement for Access users?


Access is a pathological data shredder.



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