What does a database mean? Perhaps many might be unaware of the meaning of this word. Lets derive its meaning step by step. Information is a collection of meaningful data sch as when one prepares bo-data of any person then elements like name, age, sex, etc. are the data and their collection i.e., bio-data is information. When such related information are organized in a certain way then we get a database. As an example, any organization keeps the record of their employees, then these related information forms a database.

Earlier databases where handled manually. But this was too much time consuming and lots of human efforts were wasted. To overcome this problem, computers began to be used for the work. For this, many software packages called DBMS or Database Management Systems were used. They help to build and manage databases as well as they help to retrieve the required information as pr requirement. Anybody can modify the records in such databases. A good example of such DBMS is FOXPRO.

Foxpro is actually an updated version of FOXBASE+ software. It is now the most commonly used DBMS in Personal Computers nowadays, though many newer and better options are available. Foxpro performs all the functions specified to it. Data is entered and saved for the future use and if anybody wants to get that data back, it can be retrieved very easily. The data stored in it is very flexible i.e., they can be modified as per requirement. Foxpro is very simple to be used and learnt as the statements and commands generated or written in are in simple and easy English language. With a single command, one can get the print out of any database and Foxpro provides the facility to manage more than one database at a time. Foxpro can be used on Local Area network (LAN) where a small group of people can work simultaneously on different systems.

Different versions of Foxpro are available. They can run in MSDO, Windows, UNIX as well as Macintosh with just a few differences in their operating behaviour.



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