A Better Base: Building your carefree database in OpenOffice.org—made simple with forms
by BrainStorm, Inc.
Novell Connection Magazine – March 2008
Here’s an excerpt:
In the first article in this series on OpenOffice.org Base, I hoped to tempt you into trying out this database app that’s included in the OpenOffice.org suite. In the most recent article, I explained Subforms. But now it’s time to take a step back and look at just plain old forms for those of you who aren’t as familiar with databases.
As you know, databases can seem pretty daunting at first. If you’re new to the concept, you might even find that your first attempt at creating one is less than successful. But don’t let that deter you. A properly functioning database will save you a lot of time in the long run. This is especially true when it comes to the forms feature of OpenOffice.org Base. Inputting large amounts of data would be more than just a little frustrating if it weren’t for forms. Since you know how to build tables, create unique fields, link common fields from separate tables, and from the last article, create subforms, let’s take a look at populating tables with data using simple forms. Obviously, this can be done by manually entering data in each table; but forms are really what you’ll want to master.