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Chapter 1. Welcome to Databases > What Can You Do with a Database?

What Can You Do with a Database?

Perhaps the better question would be the following: What can’t you do with a database?

The most basic feature of databases is that they provide unified storage for all the data related to a particular topic. Rather than scatter information through a series of Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, text files, email messages, and sticky notes, you can bring it all together in a database. A database can hold something as simple as the list of guests for your wedding or something as complex as every customer who has ever visited your e-commerce Web site and every order they’ve ever placed.


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