finally buckled down and decided that it's time to purchase a database solution
for your home or business. What type of database do you need? It's
actually a simple matter of deciding what features you need and choosing a
product that meets your requirements and doesn't cause too much pain in your
You're probably familiar with at least
one desktop database product. The market is dominated by
brand-names like Microsoft Access, FileMaker Pro and Lotus
Approach. These products are relatively inexpensive and are great
for single-user or non-interactive web applications.
Top 5 Desktop Databases
Choosing a Database: Desktop Databases
If you're planning a heavy-duty database
application like an e-commerce site or a multiuser database, you're
going to need to call on one of the big guns. Server databases
like Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle provide real firepower but carry a
correspondingly heavy pricetag.
Choosing a Database: Server Databases
Oracle Restructures Pricing
Who Leads the RDBMS Pack?
Nowadays, almost every database application calls for
some kind of web interaction. Many people assume that if you're
looking to publish your database on the Internet, you need to use a
server database. That's not necessarily true -- a desktop database
could (inexpensively!) meet your needs.
Publishing Access Data to the Web