[kwlug-disc] open office question.

R. Brent Clements rbclemen at gmail.com
Tue Sep 8 11:22:27 EDT 2009

I have a little bit of experience with Base.  It is not without
problems (at least in the 2.x series--3 may be a bit better.  I have
yet to test most of it.)

Formatting of data entry seemed problematic to me.  I ended up having
to enter time in the hh:mm:ss format when the hour was redundant.  The
output could be formatted back the way I wanted without too much

As for field descriptions, I have no problems in 3.x, don't remember
noticing them in 2.x either.  The only saving problem I had was not
realizing that it hadn't saved because I didn't read the popup that
told me about the missing primary key.

Also, I assume that you are using the internal local-file DB engine in
Base.  It is possible to get it working  as a frontend for any DB that
supports ODBC or JDBC (I think) but it requires extra work and some
additional packages, and I have never done that.  If you have
installed this system then the problem may be related to what Base is
capable of saving in the external DB.

Not convinced that Base on its own is ready for mission critical
deployments yet, but I have only scratched the surface, and I don't
have any formal experience with databases.


On Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 6:13 PM, Joe
Wennechuk<youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I am making some tables for an open office base project. As I go through and
> enter descriptions and set data types, etc everything looks okay. As soon as
> I hit the save button for the table all of the descriptions go bye bye
> except one, and some of the formatting is lost also. I dont have much
> experience with base, and I don't want to do this a fourth time unless I
> know its going to work. Is base good? I'm doing a project with the google
> transit api? Will base work well for a small database?
> Joseph Wennechuk
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