Databases Software

Types of Database

It is important not to confuse a database with the software that handles it. Software is needed to make use of the data in the database. The software may be specially written in a programming language like C++ or it might be part of a Database Management System (DBMS). You do not normally buy database software applications off the shelf because each business is different and therefore has specific needs regarding its data. The DBMS will enable a user to perform specific actions such as:

There are many database management systems that are either commercial products or free open source applications. Examples include:

Use of Data Handling Software

The Data Handling software that you will be most familiar with is MS Access although you may have experience of others the mechanics remain the same...