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Chapter 8. Linking, Importing, and Expor... > Moving Data from and to Other Applic...

Moving Data from and to Other Applications

Undoubtedly, every personal computer user has data that can be processed through database-management techniques. Any data that a computer can arrange in tabular form—even tables in word-processing files—can be converted to database tables. The strength of a relational database management system (RDBMS) lies in its capability to handle large numbers of individual pieces of data stored in tables and to relate the pieces of data in a meaningful way.

PC users turn to RDBMSs when the amount of data created exceeds a conventional productivity application’s capability to manipulate the data effectively. A common example is a large mailing list created in Microsoft Word. As the number of names in the list increases, using Word to make selective mailings and maintain histories of responses to mailings becomes increasingly difficult. An RDBMS is the most effective type of application for manipulating large lists.


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