[thelist] Help with Database

Donald Pasewark don at pasewark.com
Tue May 31 20:15:13 CDT 2005

I have a new project that's going to be an e-commerce website for 
Video and DVD products.

I'll be designing and managing the site which will be running on a 
UNIX (or Linux) box.
I need some input to the database development for this project. The 
site will initially offer a few hundred titles and will eventually 
expand to over a thousand. Each title will have to be searchable by 
numerous variables: Title, Genre, Actors, Director, Year, etc.

I want to make sure that the database will be flexible enough that if 
the site gets really big that we won't have to modify the DB much.

I have had some experience with sites that are semi dynamic, running 
off a database that was just huge text file.

My question is what should I be looking at to create a database for 
this project? Can I run a Db from an excel file or a file maker file, 
or something else?


Donald Pasewark
Pasewark Creative
1516 Weaverly Drive
Petaluma, CA 94954-3728
707.789.9960 vox/fax
don at pasewark.com

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