Thanks, Jay, that is VERY helpful and clarifies a lot. I wondered if I
needed the server setup but lots of things I read yesterday suggested I
did need that. I do understand that things like Base and Access are
just GUIs, but I guess I really just don't understand what a database is
and, in particular, what SQL is. I know there needs to be raw data and
a file/table structure and I assume a way to interact with it, but I'm
still missing a lot.
Is there a basic online reference to help me understand what a SQL
database is and what MySQL and the rest are relative to that?
On 1/15/14 12:11 PM, Jay Lozier wrote:
Backend is a database term that refers to the database itself such as
MySQL, JET (MS Access), SQL Server, etc. Most non DBA's refer to the
GUI tools (BASE, Access) as the database when in fact they are used to
connect various backends. Base and Access both can connect to the
variety of backends not just the default they are shipped with.
I do not think you need XAMP just the database connector and database.
XAMP refers to X = OS, A = Apache server, M = MySQL, and P =
Perl/Python/PHP. It is normally used by developers and the reason for
the Apache server is to provide test for web connectivity. PHP is a
very common server scripting language used by many websites. For
Windows is sometimes called WAMP, Mac - MAMP, and Linux - LAMP.
I use MySQL for database development and do not use LAMP (Linux user)
at all because I only need the database.
On 01/15/2014 11:55 AM, Carl Paulsen wrote:
OK, thanks everyone. My system:
Mac: OS 10.6.8 and LO 126.96.36.199 (I was thinking of upgrading to LO 4.1.4)
PC: Win7 and OOo 3.2 (I could install any version of LO on the PC)
I'm pretty far over my head here based on how little I understand of
the replies, but I'm sure I can do it if I persist. Here's what I
think I'm hearing so far:
1. Lots of talk about the "backend." I thought the file I had was
the data itself which I'd hoped I could somehow directly access, but
even if it were the data, it sounds like at best I'd have to serve
that file/data using MySQL or something like that and a server like
XAMP, then connect via Base. Right? In which case I might be able
to extract the data directly from the server?
2. Ryan may be right, I think what I have is a so-called backup from
a commercial fundraising database used by a non-profit I'm working
with. Perhaps it's just scripts that connect to a hosted database?
How do I "execute" my .sql file on a MySQL server (which I've set up
on my Win7 machine)? I am assuming I can get XAMP to serve up MySQL
on the Win7 machine... Ryan, can I contact you off-list if I figure
out how to set up the MySQL server?
3. I assume I'll need a password/login credentials, but can get them
if I need them. I'm sure the data is in schema of some sort.
4. Thanks for the reference Fernand.
Dover, NH 03820
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