The Scoop: The Case Against Teaching Access

"SQLite is my choice for the candidate to replace Access in journalism education. In addition to the advantages listed above, it’s also easy to “install.” If you can download files, unzip them and move them to a location on your hard drive, you can “install” SQLite. If you can install a Firefox add-on, you can manage it in the browser. And you can take your database files home with you or email them around. The add-on supports importing CSV files, SQL dumps and XML (although all databases can have issues with importing XML). It looks and works the same on a PC or a Mac. Most importantly, it demands an understanding of SQL that you can avoid when learning Access."

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