Dbase IV and Dbase 3 are relational databases so you can store data in
separate tables and link them via a key field. Dbase was once the best
database for PC's - until, if I remember rightly, Microsoft killed it by
Filemaker pro very user friendly - also can be used to publish to the web
and older versions of it often given away on cover discs of computer mags.
However as with everything Windows - Microsoft's own produce Access is the
de facto standard and there are many advantages to using the industry
standard - only problem being to make full use of it you do need to grips
with its version of Basic.
MySql seems to have no GUI interface which would rule it out from most
normal mortals consideration.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Larcombe" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 28, 2003 10:40 PM
Subject: Re: North Devon Gravel Tempered Wares
> On Sunday 27 Jul 2003 4:21 pm, paul.blinkhorn wrote:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Jenny Vaughan" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2003 4:55 PM
> > Subject: Re: North Devon Gravel Tempered Wares
> > > I used to love dBase IV, finding it very flexible. I even wrote little
> > > procedures which I just can't get to grips with at all in Access.
> > I have to agree with this. I've been using DBase since the mid-80's,
> > <snip>
> Storing data in mutliple tables is important as it facilitates the
> 'normalisation' of the data, ie there is no redundancy in the data, and
> integrity of cross-referenced fields are maintained. There are books
> to the subject, because it is an important one. I would argue doubly so
> nature of archaeological data.
> A gentle introduction to database normalisation from Micro$oft:
> Speaking as a computer person newly arrived to the archaeological world, I
> really hope you'll see the benefits of storing data in an efficient
> structured way. Is this getting OT enough now? :-)
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