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Chapter 8. Building the Data > Databases and Studio MX 2004 - Pg. 153

153 Chapter 8. Building the Data You can't avoid it. If you are developing data-driven sites, you have to use a database. There are also some new technologies to work with and eventually master. There are a couple things you have to know before you start: · You must have access to a database management system (DBMS) if you want to create a database and work with it on your computer. · The DBMS should reside on your local server, or if you use an ISP, it should reside on the ISP's remote server. · You don't have to be a database "guru." Think like a computer, and you will soon come to un- derstand how data is stored and retrieved. The database you use has to be a relational database, such as MS Access or MySQL. With a relational database, you store data in various tables and then define how those tables relate to each other. The neat thing about relational databases is they offer you multiple tables. That means the