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Quick and Dirty with Open Office Base

Feb 12, 2010, 12:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Even with all of the high quality software available, sometimes you just have to break down and write a custom application, and usually you don't have a lot of time to devote to it. This is the situation I found myself in when my wife started a new business and needed a simple means of tracking sales leads. To her credit, she realized that she couldn't simply use a spreadsheet and needed a database application. So I decided that I'd see just how involved it would be to write an application with Open Office's database program, known as Base.

"When I started, I'd never used Base before and even had to install the program on both my machine and my wife's before I could get started. I had used Microsoft Access many years ago and I do have a lot of experience with PostgreSQL and MySQL, so I figured I'd be able to pick up Base in short order and be able to build a customized application for my wife."

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