Five tips for smarter searching …

We all know how Google works (and we mostly use Google, although other search engines are available!) but as the web becomes ever more cluttered it helps to be able to home in on the content that we are really looking for. Here are five tips for smarter searching,...

Microsoft Access tables and queries

This post follows on from this one, where you created two database tables to hold details of contacts and note that had been previously held in a spreadsheet, or ‘flat file’ format. This time we’re going to talk about joining tables together, and...
What is a relational database?

What is a relational database?

Of course, many people far brighter than me have written many very clever books about relational database principles.  I’ve got some of them.  They aren’t really bedtime reading, to be fair. The question is: can we usefully cover this concept in a brief...