Databases are mostly part of bigger applications - rarely they are used as a standalone application. There are pros and cons between all database systems. Most often database come along with their own software for administration of the database. Widely known for such a database management system is Access by Microsoft. This software combines a database engine with tools for developing and using the database. It comes with functions for easily creating database reports. Anyway there is a big con with MS Access: It is a software you need to buy a licence in order to use it. That means if for instance a couple of employees in your company need to work with the database you need multiple licences. Eventually Access targets "beginners" and thus is shaped with a limited set of SQL functions to use and even the size of your database is restricted to a maximum of 2 GB.
Free database systems such as MySQL, MariaDB or PostGreSQL are not restricted to such limitations. The only restriction according to the size of a database is physically by the size of your disk. Another plus is the large variety of software to access and manage those database systems. You can easily access such a database via C#, PHP or even a huge count of other programming languages. So those databases can be accessed by almost any other software solution.
Creating a databse mainly cares for creating the structures of a database and how to put in all the data. The target is to archieve all this most efficiently. A big question may be whether the database should be accessible through different softwares? And if you take a non-freeware-system will you buy a new licence on new database versions? Please also onsider special functions that may be or may be not included into the database system of your choice. in the best case you can find a database system meeting all points you need. You still don't know what to choose? Please get in contact with us, Together we can analyse the needs and choose a solution that fits best.
Now and then you may find your database system grown over the years needs some kind of an anti-aging program. Maybe the database worked best at the time it was created but now it has been overgrown by putting more and more data in it without caring for new structures. Maybe also the cost for new licences are too much to take anymore? Or your solution is simply not maintained by the developer anymore? No matter what may be the reason(s) why you need something new or updated. We love to give you advice and find the best solution together with you. Simply write an email to us!
working with databases
Putting data into a database - it fits like the hammer on the nail. But sometimes it is quite hard supplying the data to fit to other things like i.e. an Excel worksheet or a Powerpoint presentation. Eventually it is even hard to get the data into the database as such. Most often various softwares supply export functions to export the data from the software but the result may not be usable by the target system. Even such a very common export type like CSV is hard to take by databases. They mostly expect something handled with a kind of SQL structure to deal with. But no matter which way round - import or export is needed: Together we can find a best fitting solution. And this even in a cleverly, understandable and every day working manner.
interacting with databases
As mentioned above a database is most often part of a bigger software solution. At least because a database most often does not contain a very userfriendly frontend. But even here there are exciting solutions on the way. Curious? The site of Programming will give you more information!