Relational database on the cheap
September 13, 2012 9:18 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a free/cheap alternative to Access or Filemaker for simple relational database work.
posted by philosophygeek to computers & internet (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm volunteering with a small club that is trying to track the amount of time club members spend on projects as well as some metrics for those projects. We got a trial of Filemaker, and the program does exactly what we need. The problem is cost: buying licenses is outside of our non-existent budget, and if we wanted to access the database through a server, it's way out of our price range.
We would have fewer than 10 people using the database, so scale is not a huge concern for us. We'd have enough records linked in ways that using a spreadsheet is not ideal, but we're not talking about millions of rows—probably less than a dozen tables with at most a hundred or so rows per table.
Features we're looking for:
- Simple interface for creating the database backend as well as forms & reports for interacting with the database
- Cross-platform (Windows and Mac)
- Ability to share the database remotely,whether through Dropbox or hosted on a domain
- Low learning curve (our tech guy can handle creating queries in Filemaker, but SQL is outside our skill sets)
- Cheap, or ideally free
What can the hive mind recommend for us?