Databases from scratch I: Introduction

When I was eighteen, I had a holiday job in an obscure back office of the New South Wales Stamp Duties Office. It doesn’t take an overactive imagination to realise that a temporary position in this bureaucratic outpost was not the most exhilarating of...

The year of the database

I’ve put the Kindle and the Sony Reader aside for a day to finish writing my latest comparative review of database software for Australian PC User magazine. I’ve been writing such reviews since the early 1980s, when dBASE was top dog in the database stakes. It was a...