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Chapter 2. Starting a Database

Chapter 2. Starting a Database

Creating a database takes a bit of planning. You need to determine what information you want to store, how that information will be arranged, and what relationships will exist between the data in the database.

Planning a database takes some time, but the energy you put into setting it up is paid back when you create the database. Planning not only makes it easier to create the database, but also makes it less likely that you'll need to make changes because you left something out or stored the same information twice.

This chapter will show you one way to plan and create your database, but there are many others. The most important lesson you'll learn is that a few minutes of planning can save you many hours or days of modifying or re-creating a poorly designed database.

In this chapter, we'll plan and create a contact-management database to store information about people we've contacted for business and personal reasons. This type of data0base is extremely useful—you can use it as an address book, to keep track of calls for a charitable organization, or to maintain a record of your sales calls.


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