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I'm presently working through Ben Forta's CF7 Application book and I'm eager to start on my first CF7 application. But, I have little experience in building databases and database structures. I have MySQL installed and have worked on Access db's that have already been created. But, here I'm starting from scratch and it's a bit intimidating, especially when it's been indicated to give much thought and planning when creating relational databases as it's hard to go back and make changes to the structure. So...having said all that...is it possible (and if so, where?) to find existing databases and/or structures for ...

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    Default Any head-starts for creating databases?

    I'm presently working through Ben Forta's CF7 Application book and I'm eager to
    start on my first CF7 application. But, I have little experience in building
    databases and database structures. I have MySQL installed and have worked on
    Access db's that have already been created. But, here I'm starting from scratch
    and it's a bit intimidating, especially when it's been indicated to give much
    thought and planning when creating relational databases as it's hard to go back
    and make changes to the structure.

    So...having said all that...is it possible (and if so, where?) to find
    existing databases and/or structures for various applications (ie. classified
    ads, product catalog, career/job site, Intranet, shopping cart etc.) that I can
    start with and then customize to my (or my client's) specific needs? Or am I
    destined to start with that blank piece of paper in front of me?

    Thanks,
    Ron

    RonSanSolo Guest

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    Default Re: Any head-starts for creating databases?

    Ron,

    Databases are very easy to amend especially if you are using a database with a
    GUI (graphical user interface) like Access. You can then use free software like
    MySQL migration kit to convert the access table to a MySQL one.

    Ben Forta's book (the web construction kit) comes with a cd which has the
    necessary databases on it which you can modify yourself. I found this to be the
    bst way. Alternatively many sample files included in Macromedia articles and
    tuturials might be helpful too.

    Leon

    Black People Online Guest

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    Default Re: Any head-starts for creating databases?

    Thanks, Leon.
    I'll look through Macromedia's articles & tutorials. I was hoping there would
    be some 3rd party resources available.

    I was thinking of purchasing Navicat's program, which can convert Access
    databases to MySQL. Right now, I'm comparing it with MySQL's free software.

    - Ron

    RonSanSolo Guest

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