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Business Database Programming Diagram
Business Database Development

The meaning of “database” has evolved since the early 1970s but what it usually means now is not just the information (data) stored in a database but also includes the entire collection of user screen forms, reports and all the computer program code used to manage the information. The entire collection is also referred to as an “application” and so now computer programmers are more frequently called application developers

Smaller applications are usually just fine with everything in just one database. That is, all the data, along with screen forms, reports, queries and program code contained in just one application or program. Microsoft Access is just one example of software that will handle many small business needs with just one such application.

In the case of larger business needs however, it’s common to split the application into two separate parts:

One part for the screen forms, queries and program code, typically referred to as a "front-end".

And a separate part just for the data, typically referred to as a "back-end".

The advantages of separating a database into two parts, front-end and back-end:

It's easier to make changes to the front-end while leaving the back-end data alone.

The front-end can be developed with lower cost software and operate on lower cost computers.
While the back-end can be developed with high-performance software and operate from one location on a high-performance computer.

Security is usually better and easier to manage with better back-end databases.

Data integrity is also usually better and easy to manage with better back-end databases.

A Client-Server method is more attainable, where multiple low cost computers can tap into the power and speed
of a single high-performance computer.

Common front-end choices are Microsoft Access and website pages developed with Visual Studio.

Common back-end choices are Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server Express (which is free),
Oracle, MySQL and many others.


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