Chapter 4

Creating a New Database

Introduction

In previous chapters, I showed you how to work with one of the template files and what to do when creating a database from scratch. In this chapter, I’ll show you some things to consider when deciding which option to choose.

Then we’ll dig deeper into the mysteries of fields—field-naming recommendations, details about the field types, what fields are used for, and how to format them in a layout. And, of course, we’ll do all this while working in real files.

Considerations

In the last chapter, I gave you a questionnaire that you’ll be able to use from now on to help you decide what elements you’ll need in your database. Once you’ve done that, a good next step is to see if you have any files that already ...

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