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Trying to decide if MS Access or Pointbase is better for me

I've bought MS Access and I use it because I like the interface.  I downloaded Pointbase because it comes with J2EE free. 

These are competing for my attention.  Anyone used both and have a preference they'd like to share?

I have more difficulty with MS Access.  Pointbase looks promising.  I would buy DB2, but that requires an iSeries machine, and that's a no go.

Thank you in advance.
Peter Hutchinson Send private email
Monday, May 23, 2005
From a technical perspective, whatever you know better is more suitable for the job.

From a business perspective, it all depends on internal and external requirements ;)
Hakan Send private email
Monday, May 23, 2005
==> I would buy DB2, but that requires an iSeries machine


Are you sure?

the DB2 "Universal" has been around for years. It's run on Windows for quite some time.

Take a good look at that page -- it's Windows, Windows, Windows -- all Windows, all the time.

Last I looked, Windows ran on a whole-bunch-o-other machines that specifically weren't iSeries machines.

If you like DB2 (I love(d) it -- havent worked with it since '98), then I'd do a bit more research before you immediately dismiss it.
Sgt.Sausage Send private email
Monday, May 23, 2005
Hi Sgt, and Hakan, as soon as I posted I realized my mistake, about needing an iSeries.  Thank you.
Peter Hutchinson Send private email
Monday, May 23, 2005
I don't know if they sell it anymore, but there used to be a DB2 personal edition that retailed for only $39.  I remember seeing it at a Fry's just a couple of years ago.
Cowboy coder
Monday, May 23, 2005
Hi Peter,

What is the intended purpose of the database? Is this for your own use or are you developing a solution?

I have no idea about Pointbase but have done a lot of development with Access and Jet. Could you indicate:
- the maximum and average number of concurrent users,
- the spread of users. LAN, WAN, Stand alone?
- The volume of data expected to be held. Number tables, number of rows.
- What's the nature of the application you're developing?
- Who's the target audience, what kind of application interfaces are they use to?

Marcus from Melbourne
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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