13 May 2015

Free Database Applications

Database applications are designed to allow you to create a records and information then arrange them in a way that makes it easy to retrieve the required data. A very simple example of a database is a phone book and a complex database applications example is the goverment citizen management where all data including names, genders, births, jobs, families, and other things is gathered and served when needed.

There are two kind of database applications with different use: desktop and server. A free desktop database applications is usually for a single user and can be run on just one computer like the shop database. A server database applications on the other hand, are more powerful and complex and used for e-commerce and business.

Some of recommended Free Database Applications you can try:

MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS) and it is the most widely used in today’s market. It was founded by Michael Widenius which was later sold to Oracle Corporation. It is an open-source database. MySQL mostly comes bundled with the LAMP, WAMP and XAMPP stack.

Many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations including Facebook, Google, and Adobe rely on MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software.

SQLite is a RDBMS enclosed within a small C programming library. It is mostly preferred as an embedded database, tightly coupled with embedded applications like web browsers, mobile apps and operating systems. It is under the Public Domain and free to use. It was founded by D. Richard Hipp. Some examples of well-known software products using SQLite: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Skype, Android, and more. Since SQLite is mostly used for compact databases, it has limited data types such as NULL, INTEGER, REAL, TEXT, and BLOB.

Another free database applications is SQL Server Express by Microsoft. It’s basically a free-to-use and distributable version of Microsoft’s SQL Server. It is particularly designed for embedded and undersized applications.

There are some few limitations which makes it unsuitable for larger and bigger applications. It is highly not recommended for database scalability.

Firebird is a free database applications relational based that offering many ANSI SQL standard features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers.

Anyone can build a custom version of Firebird, as long as the modifications are made available, under the same IDPL licensing, for others to use and build on. There are no fees for download, registration, licensing or deployment, even you distribute Firebird as part of your commercial software package.