AT&D #50. Databases

What experiences have you had completing online forms? Do you use any database management systems (DBMS), 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 having a computer and working with one (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 or 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.

In regards to DBMS, I never have used one before and I don’t know if I ever will. In cases where I have worked at a job that required me to retrieve information, I have done so using a proprietary database native to a workspace. 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 a book’s information and electronically withdraw it from circulation. Being that this was one example I encountered, databases of all kinds overall are useful for their function and system of keeping information organized as the internet is not effectively quite a library, which may or may not be argued. 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 to access media.

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