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Learn OpenOffice.org Spreadsheet Macro Programming by Dr. Mark Alexander Bain

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Accessing Databases

Having decided that we want to use a database, it might be worth thinking about databases in general for a moment.

If you google "What is a database?", then you'll find a myriad of definitions, but they all boil down to the same thing—A database is a structured set of data. So, using this definition, a database could actually be a website or text files in a directory. However, there are limitations to this type of database:

  • Searching can be difficult and often slow.

  • It's easy for a number of people to be reading the data at the same time, but writing to the data at the same time can cause problems.

  • The ways in which data can be extracted and analyzed are usually very limited.

And that, of course, is why most people ...

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