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Using the spike to rearrange text in Microsoft Word

Word // 02/28/2010

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Microsoft has long produced software with a belt-and-braces approach, offering a choice of ways to perform a particular task. For example, in Word, you’ll find a smorgasbord of methods for cutting, copying and pasting text. There’s the usual cut, copy and paste via keystroke, menu or toolbar. There’s also the Office Clipboard, which is like […]

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Databasics II: Creating your first database

Databases // 02/28/2010

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This tutorial guides you through building a simple, single-file database. In a single-file database, also known as a flat-file database, you put all your information into a single table. This is the simplest form of database to create, but it has some serious limitations and disadvantages. The most important of these limitations are that single-table […]

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Databasics I: Records & queries & keys, oh my!

Databases // 02/28/2010

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What’s a database? If you think of word processors as… well… processors of words, and spreadsheets as number processors, then you can think of databases as processors of unstructured information, aka “data”. Feed a database data in any sort of guise – as numbers, text, dates, images, web links – and it will digest all […]

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A database dictionary

Databases // 02/28/2010

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Can’t tell your first normal form from your third? Untangle basic database jargon with this easy-to-understand dictionary of terms.

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