Databasing was Labeling seeds

J.E. Shields
Sun, 27 Nov 2011 04:46:20 PST
Nice project, Rick!  I have an Access db that was initially almost as 
ambitious, but I not longer keep it up so religiously -- it takes a whole 
lot of work to do that, and I have dropped the commercial aspect of my 

Most hobbyists will probably want something simpler, but really serious 
hobbyists need to use a system almost as detailed as the one Rick 
describes.  A collection without complete data is more like an aggregation 
of things, just a bunch of orphans.  A serious collection needs a detailed 
provenance for every item in it.  The data is what gives the collection value.

I can send out an empty copy of my Access database to anyone interested.

Jim Shields

At 05:43 PM 11/26/2011 -0800, you wrote:
>Easy for you, LOL.
>Actually I am developing a PHP/MySQL database, hoping to get it on line at
>some point, but I have a way to go.
>On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM, Richard Haard <> wrote:
> > So far as maintaining growing records there are many, many ways to 'skin a
> > cat'. Here is mine:
> >
> > My database system has evolved over time. It is a Filemaker Pro 10
> > application I wrote. It is a searchable database that is easy to use,
> > intuitive and works on Mac and PC by multiple users simultaneously. I plan
> > to eventually present my record keeping system to plant propagators and
> > will have copies to share by spring.
> >......

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