Introduction to Databases

The word "data" is defined as meaningful information, and it can include words, numbers, letters, and binary information such as images. The word "base" means foundation or place. Simply put, a database is a place to put your data. If you're looking for a more technical definition of a database, it would go something like this: A computer database is a (usually) structured collection of information stored according to a defined model and accessible through standard or proprietary database communications languages.


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