Translate this pageOther languages:English • dansk What Is a Database? You can define a database as a collection of data on one topic. It is organised in a way allowing to easily browse the information, make changes or add new items. Look at this diagram for one of the above examples: a simple phone book. The above picture shows a set of two contacts each of which is presented on a separate card. It appears that such a card can constitute a single row in a table: Contacts table Name Tel No. Joan 699 23 43 12 Adam 711 19 77 21 Terms and definitions: A single data which constitutes a part of a greater collection can be called a row or more professionally a record. The collection is normally called a table. Moreover, the most natural name for the table is one describing the data it offers/stores which is Contacts. Furthermore, each row in the table consists of columns often also called fields. In the table Contacts there are two columns (fields): Name and Tel No.. For simple uses a single table can make up a database. Many people consider these two equivalent. As you will see, for real databases we usually need more than one table. To sum up, you have already got a simple database with one table Contacts. Note Check content at www.zoho.com/creator/database-software-vs-spreadsheet.html ← Appendix A. Introduction to Databases ↑ Back to menu ↑ Database and Spreadsheet → Retrieved from "https://userbase.kde.org/index.php?title=Kexi/Handbook/Introduction_to_Databases/What_Is_a_Database%3F/en&oldid=238733" Categories: KexiTutorials This page was last edited on 7 April 2012, at 17:01. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.