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Chapter 2. Database Basics > Content vs. form

Content vs. form

Understanding content vs. form is the key to tapping the real power of any database. Do not confuse what a database contains (the content) with how it looks (the form). As important as data may be, it's not what gives a database its power. Instead, the power is in the program's ability to organize—and instantly reorganize—the display of that data (Figure 2.1).

Figure 2.1. A database's real power comes from being able to display a single record's data in multiple ways.



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