Database Tools

Written by Kimberly Clark
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Because of their ability to store large amounts of data, databases are increasingly being used for several different reasons. From retaining customer information to managing household budgets, databases are invaluable tools for storing and retrieving data. However the same features that have made them such powerful tools have also contributed to the complexity of designing them.

This has led some to feel as if they must enlist the assistance of experts before attempting to build or maintain a database. Fortunately there are many database tools out there that can significantly simplify the process. Many of the user-based database tools even employ a simple drag and drop method for defining the structure of your database and for adding data to it.

User and Administrator Tools

The user-based database tools can be used to add tables and indexes to the database. They can also be used to perform complex data sorts or to create various queries and reports. Examples of these types of database tools are OpenOffice.org 1.1 and MySQL Query Browser.

In addition, to the user based tools there are some database tools out there that are specifically geared toward helping database administrators (DBAs) manage and monitor their databases. These tools allow DBAs to identify system constraints, configure servers, and administer user access. A couple of examples of administrator database tools are DBFlash and MySQL Administrator.


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