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Chapter 5. Building the Databases > Understanding the Various Types of Database...

Understanding the Various Types of Database Applications

All the information described to this point applies equally to all databases. The basic fundamentals of databases, tables, keys, and indexes are supported by all database applications. At some point, however, databases start to differ—in price, performance, features, security, scalability, and more.

One decision you should make very early in the process is whether to use a shared-file–based database, such as Microsoft Access, or a client/server database application, such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and the key to determining which will work best for you is understanding the difference between shared-file–based applications and client/server systems.


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