Chapter 5. Databases

An artist was once asked: if his house was on fire and he could take only one thing with him, what would that one thing be? His reply was: ‘I would take the fire, for its passion would inspire me.’

If all the software applications on a computer were similarly threatened, is there a single one that might be more important than others? Yes. Of the many applications that computers can perform, there is one that modern organizations have come to rely on most critically. We are talking about databases.

A database is a collection of information that is related to a particular subject, such as the employees in a firm, the parts in a warehouse, or the collection of music CDs in your home. Databases existed long before computers. Address ...

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