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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Access has better UI design, and the benefit of Real SQL Underneath
    For some values of "Real" :)
  • I've been playing with SQLite and it's great. I like to think of it as an embedded SQL database for people who don't want to run a separate database.
  • If they're running Filemaker, I assume they're a Mac shop? A long time ago in a publishing house far far away I vaguely recall a product called Butler SQL that ran on Macs and provided a reasonably pain-free upgrade from Filebreaker.
  • Jim Willis had similar headaches when he was doing a contract for the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations [ri.gov].

    When he arrived, state officials were relying on a bizarre conglomeration of FileMaker and Access database scattered all over the place. (With that kind of IT architecture, it's amazing that anything ever got done.) So, among his first projects when he started working for the RI's Secretary of State was to consolidate (and harmonize) all of these databases using MySQL [mysql.com] and the rest of th