2.3. Standing Stones and the Sample Database
Our small example databases throughout this chapter will contain information on megalithic sites within the UK. A more complex version of this database is used in the following chapters.
The main pieces of information that we wish to store about megaliths are the name of the site, the location of the site within the UK, a unique map reference for the site, the type of megalithic setting the site is (e.g., a stone circle or standing stone), and a description of what the site looks like.
For example, we might wish to store the following information about Stonehenge in our database:
With this simple database, we can retrieve all sorts of different pieces of information, such as, ``tell me of all the megalithic sites in Wiltshire,'' or ``tell me about all the standing stones in Orkney,'' and so on.
Now let's discuss the simplest form of database that you might wish to use: the flat-file database.
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