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Essential Guide to Computing: The Story of Information Technology, The by E. Garrison Walters

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Chapter 9. Databases, Applications, and Software Reliability

This chapter builds on Chapter 8's discussion of programming with an exploration of the software that computer users interact with directly, known in the industry as applications software. Actually, we'll treat one kind of application, the database, as a category apart from other applications. There are several reasons for this. One is that databases bridge the programming and applications world; most databases include comprehensive programming languages that are used to create applications. The typical user works with the products of database programming, not with the database software directly. Another reason for considering databases separately is that databases comprise as much ...

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