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A database is anything that stores data. This is a very general thing, so even things like memory and disk space is organized into a database by the operating system.

Relation Databases

SQL databases, aka Relational Databases, are a special kind of database that are general-purpose. I find them extraordinarily useful and I develop my software on them first. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between.


The NoSQL movement is full of crap. See why in the NoSQL article.


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