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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Jeff Spotts, Brian Siler

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Understanding Databases

What is so special about a database, you might ask? There are other ways of storing data, such as a creating a file format of your own design. For example, you might just store information in a comma-delimited text file. However, a database management system provides a lot of advantages, such as the following:

  • Databases allow you to forget about how data is physically stored on the hard drive and just concentrate on the information itself. If you store information in a custom file, any programs that use the file have to know not only what information they are looking for, but also how to get it from the file.

  • Databases can handle multiple users accessing data at the same time, and process user requests as separate units ...

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