Dictionary or Database_Please advise

D'Arcy J.M. Cain darcy at druid.net
Fri Feb 26 18:57:50 CET 2010


On Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:39:51 -0500
Roy Smith <roy at panix.com> wrote:
> Once you get into databases, platform independence will be an issue.  There 
> are many databases out there to pick from.  If you want something which 
> will work on a lot of platforms, a reasonable place to start looking is 
> MySQL.  It's free, runs on lots of platforms, has good Python support, and 
> there's lots of people on the net who know it and are willing to give help 
> and advice.

Or PostgreSQL.  It's free, runs on lots of platforms, has good Python
support, and there's lots of people on the net who know it and are
willing to give help and advice.  In addition, it is a truly enterprise
level, SQL standard, fully transactional database.  Don't start with
MySQL and uprade to PostgreSQL later when you get big.  Start with the
best one now and be ready.

> Databases have a bit of a learning curve.  If you've never done any 
> database work, don't expect to download MySql (or any other database) this 
> afternoon and be up and running by tomorrow.

Whatever database you get, there will probably be plenty of tutorials.
See http://www.postgresql.org/docs/current/interactive/tutorial.html
for the PostgreSQL one.

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