what's an SQL? ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Ehrlich" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <email@example.com> Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2011 5:58 PM Subject: Re: [pbs] Databasing Randall P. Linke wrote: Data bases are not for the meek. I would like to differ. A database is just that -- it could be a box of handwritten 3x5 cards or pages in a loose-leaf binder or, some high-falutin' expensive P.C. program. The medium is unimportant: the only important things are that the data are easy to maintain and access. As a person who has spent a career as a database professional, I might choose to keep my data in 3rd normal form on a SQL database in a PC -- for me, that is the simplest and most obvious way to maintain data. But database means a place where data are kept; how you choose to keep them is up to you, as long as you can access and maintain your data easily. David E.