Hank Rappaport, 28 April 2015
Part 1 – Definitions
I gave a talk recently designed to help non-techies understand what a database is, what it can do for them, and simple techniques for getting started doing database style manipulations of their information. In this and subsequent blog posts I will share those thoughts with a larger audience.
This blog assumes you are familiar with the basics of using Microsoft Excel. You are comfortable entering data into a spreadsheet and doing simple operations like getting column totals, doing sorting and filtering.
So what is a database, and how does it differ from what you can do in Excel?
I like to think of databases as once you get stuck in Excel or you have a challenge doing something in Excel, databases are probably what you need to jump to next.
So what could a database be? More