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(1) A collection of information organized in such a way that a computer program can quickly select desired pieces of data. You can think of a database as an electronic filing system.

Traditional databases are organized by fields, records, and files. A field is a single piece of information; a record is one complete set of fields; and a file is a collection of records. For example, a telephone book is analogous to a file. It contains a list of records, each of which consists of three fields: name, address, and telephone number.

An alternative concept in database design is known as Hypertext. In a Hypertext database, any object, whether it be a piece of text, a picture, or a film, can be linked to any other object. Hypertext databases are particularly useful for organizing large amounts of disparate information, but they are not designed for numerical analysis.

To access information from a database, you need a database management system (DBMS). This is a collection of programs that enables you to enter, organize, and select data in a database.

(2) Increasingly, the term database is used as shorthand for database management system.

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Outstanding Page Database Programming and Design Magazine
Contains articles offering techniques, design methods, strategic insights, product analyses, and commentary by leading practitioners and technology experts in the field. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

Outstanding Page Database Systems Laboratory
This site hosts the Database Systems Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts and contains information on their research projects and related documentation. In addition, there is an extensive list of resources for database research and development areas. Updated on Sep 19, 1997

  CompassPoint home page
This page highlights CompassPoint, a visual database that helps users catalogue, archive and distribute digital images. Updated on May 19, 1998

  DBSUMMIT home page
Provides information on upcoming database related conferences. Updated on Sep 20, 1997

  IDS Software home page
This company home page highlights an Internet database access server product and its related driver and set of HTML extensions. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Sterling Software
Offers information onSterling Software's business modeling, database and application analysis and design, and object-oriented development products, company information, news, white papers, and support area. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  Sylvain Faust home page
This page highlights Sylvain Faust's line of SQL database development and programming tool products. Additionally, there are links to company information and news, a product download area, software updates, and support information. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

  Yahoo!'s database companies page
Yahoo!'s directory of database companies. Updated on May 9, 1998

  Yahoo!'s database shareware page
Yahoo!'s directory of database shareware. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Yahoo!'s database software page
Yahoo!'s directory of database software. Updated on Aug 2, 1998

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