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Codin’ for the Web: A Designer’s Guide to Developing Dynamic Web Sites by Charles Wyke-Smith

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Chapter 3. Databases

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DEVELOP DATABASES

Only in the simplest sites is it practical to store the associated data in flat text files. A site of any complexity will have typically have numerous sets of data, and such data is best stored in a database. Databases are made up of tables with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet-like layout. Each table holds a different set of data relating to our site, such as member information, product specifications, and file names—whatever the functionality of the site requires.

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