AT&D #50. Databases

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What experiences have you had completing online forms? Do you use any database management systems, such as Access? Have you worked in a job that required you to retrieve or select information from a database? Should Americans have a national identification card? 

Databases, in my opinion, are one of the most important key features of any kind of computing (whether on or offline). One kind of database, the online form, is frequently used. With that said, I have filled out online forms plenty of times; many ask for identification in the form of a social security number (SSN), date of birth (DOB), legal name, and lastly, credit/debit card information if making a purchase. In fact, along the lines of this subject, I feel like there should be a national identification card with all these details intact as it would be easier for people to apply for jobs or pass through security with ease.

With regards of DBMS, I never have used it and as of yet, don’t know if I ever will. With regards to working in a job where I was required to retrieve information, I have indeed done so. For a time, I worked at the university library where I would have to scan the ISBN of books (that were no longer being used) onto a computer where I would then retrieve the book’s information and electronically withdraw it from circulation. Overall, databases of all kinds are useful for their system of keeping information as the internet as not effectively a library (at least not in the present time). I also feel that some databases are easier to access and learn about than others such as google (a search engine database) which is universally common and easy to utilize vs. iTunes which can take some people (who are not too familiar with Apple products) time to learn.

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