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I need a free/cheap database system

I'm starting a commercial web site. I doubt it will make money for a long time, and maybe it won't make any at all, but I'd like to give it a try for the hell of it. It will be a rating site, similar to epinions and I want to store the info in a database; mysql wants $600 a year for licensing which is simply too much. Is there another suitable DBMS that would work with PHP or Perl? If there are no free database packages out there, how might I get around the need for one?
posted by zorro astor on Jun 27, 2006 - 8 answers

"There's no place like home...."

Need a tinker-free Linux/MySql install for Ruby On Rails. Also, seeking advice for getting started in RoR. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jun 27, 2006 - 19 answers

Help me move data from a database to a PDF, automagically.

I need to capture data from an HTML form into a database, then use that data to populate a template. The template, however, is of a certificate of accomplishment, and must be in the form of a printable PDF. What's a good software/middleware/whateverware package to automatically take the data and inject it into a PDF like this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by mattoly on Jun 23, 2006 - 9 answers

best lightweight tool for os x image database?

My wife is an art history professor who uses a mac, and has a large collection of scans of images. She needs an orderly way to organize the scans for sensible, easy retrieval. [more inside]
posted by davidvan on Jun 16, 2006 - 13 answers

Xeny is not fond of Access.

Dealing with no-records cases in Access [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Jun 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Samples, Junior

Are there any comprehensive sites which catalog the original sources of audio later sampled in songs? [more inside]
posted by Danelope on Jun 12, 2006 - 6 answers

Citation/article database for OS X?

Where can I find a citation database for OS X (and am I using the right term)? [more inside]
posted by kurumi on Jun 11, 2006 - 13 answers

Improve performance of file-based-database web calendar app

I am in charge of a custom installation of a web calendar application (ORS) that is feeling the strain of too many users and the consequences of some unusual policies. I need some advice on how to get better performance out of this application. [more inside]
posted by dmd on May 23, 2006 - 12 answers

How can I integrate this simple database into my website?

I'm working on a website for my band, and I would like to have a section on the main page which lists news items. I don't want to have to edit the html file every time I want to add an update though. I'd like it to run from a database or something, so can I set something up to display the 5 most recent database entries on my website? [more inside]
posted by bajema on May 22, 2006 - 11 answers

Access: making me screech since 2002.

Infuriating Microsoft Access questionfilter: I have a database that I inherited in which queries are set up to pull records which have dates of birth between certain dates. It works right in one database but is not working right in another, for a very particular reason.. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on May 2, 2006 - 7 answers

Printing SNP files in Windows

How can I print multiple MS Access Snapshot files (.SNP) in Windows 2000/XP at the same time? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Apr 26, 2006 - 1 answer

Seeking Database Software

Could someone recommend a Database Software package that is less complicated than Microsoft Access. I just need a package for entering customers' addresses and phone numbers and have six or seven fields that can be sort. As you can see, a very simple database; yet one that is effective. Thank you!
posted by Mckoan1 on Apr 22, 2006 - 13 answers

Bi-Directional Synchronization of database changes in mySQL and Access

How can I implement bi-directional synchronized table changes in a mySQL database and Microsoft Access? [more inside]
posted by mic stand on Apr 19, 2006 - 6 answers

on SQL and the pancake in the middle.

SQL WTH: various examples given on websites and in a small stack of books don't work. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Apr 15, 2006 - 9 answers

please include an entity-relationship diagram with responses

Which database certifications would be most useful, from the point of view of employability? [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Apr 12, 2006 - 5 answers

How to run a SQL Query on an Excel Spreadsheet

I have an Excel Spreadsheet (using Excel 2003). Rather than creating formulas to answer ad hoc questions that I have, I would like to be able to quickly type in a SQL querty against the data in the spreadsheet. So, I could scroll down to the bottom of the sheet to see how many rows I have, OR I could type" select count(*) from data_table" instead. I prefer the latter. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by apark on Apr 7, 2006 - 6 answers

How do I programtically access and modify music metadata entries through iTunes?

Has anyone ever managed to use iTunes and COM to access the iTunes database and modify MP3 meta-data tags? I need to change the genre for every track by a certain artist and since I have a list of over 800 artists, it is not something I can do by hand. [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Apr 7, 2006 - 13 answers

Help me figure out how to make a pretty report.

Access DB Filter: Help me figure out how to make a pretty report. [more inside]
posted by nulledge on Apr 4, 2006 - 3 answers

sql or access?

Small database project: Should I use Access or SQL Database? [more inside]
posted by uni verse on Mar 29, 2006 - 38 answers

Our db reminds me of old Converse All-Stars wrapped in duct tape.

We're outgrowing our 10 year old Progress database. We need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Mar 27, 2006 - 13 answers

Web Galleries for Music Files?

I want to interact with my music library over a network and be able to add notes, links, etc. to each item. Looking for static or dynamic approaches . . . [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac on Mar 25, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I get totals in a pivot table in SQL?

I have an SQL query that totals the number of students per grade. How do I get a grand total of the number of students? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Mar 17, 2006 - 6 answers

How do I import from one database into another?

How can I import selected fields from one database into another database? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Mar 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Need Synonym for "Database"

A database by any other name ... [more inside]
posted by Araucaria on Mar 6, 2006 - 5 answers

Access form building

MS Access XP: Say I have 3 tables. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Mar 3, 2006 - 12 answers

What is the best and/or most efficient website design software these days?

What is the best and/or most efficient website design software these days? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Feb 27, 2006 - 11 answers

Classical Music Relational Databases?

What classical music databases exist? I'm not looking for lists or even data. I am looking for relational database DDL that describes/implements a structure sufficient to describe/model classical music. Or, if you don't know of such a database, classical aficionados, give me advice on how to implement such a database. [more inside]
posted by orthogonality on Feb 22, 2006 - 14 answers

How to query XML like SQL?

I'm looking for a software tool that will ingest a large XML file, and allow me to write sql-like queries against it for both summary reporting, as well as detailed reports. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Feb 15, 2006 - 31 answers

got any mod_python and cheetah resources?

Can anyone point me to a good documentation/samples for building an app using mod_python and cheetah? (and mySQL/DBUtils etc)? [more inside]
posted by karen on Feb 14, 2006 - 2 answers

Tag clouds in Filemaker?

I'm making a contact database for the first time in Filemaker. I've got a field where I'm entering useful tags. I want to make a front end for this system in the form of a tag cloud. Since I'm so new to Filemaker, I don't know if this is useful or possible -- all I know is Google's never heard of such a thing. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Feb 2, 2006 - 3 answers

Comparing poem translations

I want to build a comparative index of translations for a specific book of poems. How should I do this? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jan 27, 2006 - 11 answers

MS Excel database question

Basic Microsoft Excel question. How do I join two databases together when they share elements but are not coextensively equal? (More) [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Jan 22, 2006 - 8 answers

Need clipart representing a database

Needed: a good clipart graphic representing a database (shape of a cylinder) for a quick powerpoint presentation. There has to be something decent in the public domain. Any links? Thanks!
posted by queue_strategy on Jan 21, 2006 - 8 answers

Easy Interface for SQL

What is the best alternative interface for an SQL server? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Jan 12, 2006 - 6 answers

What size and resolution pic do I need?

What considerations should I use in determining file format and size with a digital database that will be available online? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jan 5, 2006 - 9 answers

How do I write arbitrary SQL queries in Ruby on Rails?

How do I write arbitrary SQL queries in Ruby on Rails? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Dec 13, 2005 - 9 answers

SQL: Virtual Grouping?

SQL: Virtual Grouping? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Dec 13, 2005 - 9 answers

Access VB to Delphi switch

How difficult is it to switch from MS Access programming to Delphi? [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Dec 12, 2005 - 17 answers

Data Overload, How Do I Manage?

How can I manage my databases that are exploding in size? Can I run SQL Server on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Dec 9, 2005 - 9 answers

Setting up a huge database

I'm about to set up a database (pet science project) that has about 200 million records consisting of about 50 mostly-numeric fields. Is mysql up to this task? If not, what is? And since many fields are null, how can it be optimized to consume the least possible disk space? I'm worried about bloat eating up my 100 GB drive.
posted by shannymara on Dec 6, 2005 - 9 answers

SELECT answer FROM askmefi

I need help with what I hope is a fairly simple mySQL query question. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Nov 29, 2005 - 18 answers

Why does MySQL keep restarting?

MySQL Hell: I've spent most of my vacation trying to figure out why MySQL has gone nuts. It's part of a Movable Type install with tons of posts, comments, and log entries, and it's always run smoothly before. The problem is that it'll bomb on random queries, seemingly every minute or two, since status queries always show uptime in tens of seconds. Repairing the larger tables and restarting the server has done nothing, and no major changes have been made. What's wrong? Is this a *nix issue, a MySQL issue, or an MT issue? And how do I go about telling the difference, or fixing any of them? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes on Nov 28, 2005 - 32 answers

M$ no like MySQL

I need to get MySQL working with Visual Studio 2005. I come from the PHP world, and while I know C, C# is a new language to me. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Nov 25, 2005 - 14 answers

What software should I use for my philosophy project?

I was recently hired as a work study at school to work on a project and I'm having some trouble deciding how to organize the information... [more inside]
posted by Kosh on Nov 19, 2005 - 8 answers

I need to become a database-design expert ASAP!

I need to become a database-design expert ASAP! [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Nov 11, 2005 - 20 answers

Updating data in an Access database on the web

How do I import data into a table in an Access database in such a way that the new table will retain all of the relationships currently extant in the database? Is there a way to make a new table and overwrite the old table (say the table is called 'users') and preserve the relationships?
posted by zephyrbill on Nov 3, 2005 - 6 answers

Data Organizing Solution Needed

We're looking for a way to keep track of employees, clients, suppliers. Ideally, I'd be able to link to reference files (images, PDFs, spreadsheets) on the hard drive, print compact lists of entries, labels for contacts, and so on. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Oct 15, 2005 - 6 answers

Why has my MT weblog died? Can it be fixed?

My website is hosted by Dreamhost. It primarily consists of a Movable Type weblog that I keep for family and friends. A few others have weblogs on my MT installation. I use the Berkely DB option and MT 2.661 (for licensing reasons). Suddenly today I am unable to login. Comments result in an odd error. When I attempt to recover my password, I get an 'invalid username' error. To me, it appears the database has become corrupt. HELP! Can the database be saved? Does anyone have experience with a similar blogtastrophe?
posted by jdroth on Oct 11, 2005 - 14 answers

Creating a searchable document database

I want to create an online document database containing text, video, audio, and image files searchable by category (Such as War > Vietnam > Napalm Footage), keywords (Such as grainy, color, etc.) and, for text, a full-text search. And I'd like to be able to define a number of other custom fields (such as Source, Date, etc.), with the ability to search as many or as few fields as I'd like. And I would also like the ability to browse by category. Anything out there that meets these standards, preferably using PHP and MySQL?
posted by punishinglemur on Oct 4, 2005 - 11 answers

Does an open-source Access killer exist?

What are my options in slick, open-source database frontends? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Oct 2, 2005 - 8 answers

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