[kwlug-disc] What's the simple next level beyond OpenOffice Base?

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 26 21:03:49 EST 2010


I also found "Rekall"

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8085

I'd recommend doing some searches and you may come up with more, then reading articles or reviews will give you a better perspective, once you've narrowed it down. You can ask for opinions.

Raul Suarez

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--- On Fri, 11/26/10, Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] What's the simple next level beyond OpenOffice Base?
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Friday, November 26, 2010, 8:48 PM
> What about something like caspio?
> 
> http://www.caspio.com/customers/online-database-non-profit.asp
> 
> Here I am quoting some examples of what you can do. Sounds
> familiar"
> 
> "Examples of applications our customers have built using
> our non-profit online database solutions:
> 
>     * Volunteer registration
>     * Donor Management
>     * Grant Tracking
>     * Survey forms
>     * Event management
>     * Petitions
>     * Bulletin boards
>     * Staff directory
>     * Email marketing
>     * Time management
>     * Training schedules
> "
> 
> Raul Suarez
> 
> Technology consultant
> Software, Hardware and Practices
> _________________
> Twitter: rarsamx
> http://rarsa.blogspot.com/ 
> An eclectic collection of random thoughts
> 
> 
> --- On Fri, 11/26/10, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
> wrote:
> 
> > From: unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
> > Subject: [kwlug-disc] What's the simple next level
> beyond OpenOffice Base?
> > To: "Kwlug-Disc" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> > Received: Friday, November 26, 2010, 3:40 PM
> > I have some users migrating from
> > paper based contact and scheduling activities to
> computer
> > based. OpenOffice calc for the most part suffices,
> > especially as they work through their admin processes
> and
> > establish what's what. e.g. They are prototyping at
> this
> > point, so not infrequently add columns to the
> > spreadsheet(s).
> > 
> > As a result of working in a spreadsheet, they are
> running
> > into data integrity and consistency problems. So it's
> time
> > to move parts of the information into a database.
> While not
> > losing the spreadsheet ability to move things all
> around as
> > they establish what's useful.
> > 
> > I have been playing with OpenOffice Base and found it
> > insufficient.
> > 
> > As one oo forum poster pointed out - Base exists as a
> > mechanism for individual users to pull other database
> > information they might have into calc, for use there.
> It
> > does not create an app, uses writer as its form
> interface,
> > and is not multiuser.
> > 
> > Things like MS Access, FoxPro, dBase, and so on,
> provided a
> > similar database browse / update facility, much like
> a
> > spreadsheet. (As does Base.) However, they were also
> able to
> > go further into complete applications, can be
> multi-user,
> > provided an IDE, and facilitated maintenance tasks.
> (For my
> > purpose here, ignore that they are also usually tied
> to
> > specific back ends.)
> > 
> > The advantage of OpenOffice is that it's FOSS,
> universal,
> > cross-platform. I can hand a file(s) off to anyone,
> > anywhere, any time, and they can be productive.
> > 
> > What's the next step, app wise, with similar
> universality?
> > Base is insufficient, yet I have no interest in a
> fully
> > programmed environment where the users cannot just pop
> into
> > a spreadsheet like interface and get on with their day
> for
> > the moment.
> > 
> > It feels like I'm looking for an Access like front
> end,
> > probably to talk to a local MySQL (SQLlite?) back end,
> but
> > nothing occurs to me as being an obvious choice, and
> having
> > the same universality as OpenOffice. [Most users are
> Windows
> > based, but I don't want to be constrained to windows,
> as
> > OpenOffice is not. Google Docs doesn't do it - no
> database
> > functionality, and loses functionality such as data
> > validation in the file transfer.]
> > 
> > Suggestions as to what I might investigate?
> > 
> > (There is no server here, just the local machine - nor
> is
> > there likely any chance of there being one any time
> soon.
> > Free/FOSS web site suggestions, 'a la GoogleDocs',
> would be
> > welcome - that multiple disparate internet connected
> users
> > could work against simultaneously.)
> > 
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