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OpenOffice.org Base: Creating basic databases and tables

Feb 19, 2009, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Your first step is to choose a database with which to work. You have three choices, but what they are is obscured slightly by the wording and order of choices in the wizard:

"* Create a new database: Make a new database in Base's native HSQL format
* Open an existing database file: Edit a Base database that is already created.
* Connect to an existing database: Make a new database in one of the other formats supported by Base. Besides formats such as MySQL and Oracle, Base also supports several other formats on the free desktop, including Mozilla, Evolution, and KDE address books. Another option is to choose an OpenOffice.org or MS Excel spreadsheet, which is useful for when you want to explore Base quickly or when you want to convert a growing spreadsheet into a database.

"What happens on the next page of the wizard depends on your choice. If you are creating a new database, you are asked if you want to register it so that you can use data from it in other OpenOffice applications (a subject for another article). Since this option has no drawbacks and is convenient, usually there is no reason not to register the new database."

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