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Lesson 1. Understanding Lotus Notes Conc... > Understanding Documents and Forms

Understanding Documents and Forms

Lotus Notes databases store everything in documents. Each document that represents data you have entered contains fields for the pieces of that data. It's a little weird to say that you never really see these documents, but you don't. If you are familiar with other database systems, consider documents as being like records: A record contains fields. In this sense, Lotus Notes works like other kinds of databases. What's different about Lotus Notes is that you don't actually see the records, or documents. You see the contents of the documents by looking at them through forms.

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Database Record A collection of data entered into fields. For example, consider the phone book. When you look for a person in the phone book, you look for information pertaining to a specific individual. That information is the name, address, and phone number, which would be considered fields. All of the information for that individual is a record, and all of the records in the phone book combined are the database.



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