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Chapter 22. Database Primer > What Is a Database?

What Is a Database?

The best way to think of a database is in terms of a filing cabinet. The filing cabinet contains drawers, the drawers contain folders, and the folders contain documents that have information on them. A database is similar in concept. A database contains drawers, otherwise known as tables; those tables contain folders, or columns, which in turn contain rows of information pertaining to the particular column that they are in.

For a moment, let's take the preceding Web store example and break it down to see exactly what kind of information we would need and just how we could break it up to make it manageable.


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