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Chapter 1. About Databases > Database Features

Database Features

If all you could do with a database was enter and flip through records, it would be no more useful than a stack of index cards. But databases also provide many capabilities to help you organize, view, find, and analyze your data.

Sorting. People seldom want to view their data in the order in which it was entered. Instead, you can sort a database by one or several fields, putting it in exactly the order you need at the moment—whether because you want to flip through records in the new order or need to create an impressive report.


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