Database-driven applications are designed to be easy to use by programmers who have little to no experience in database programming. They are designed to be easy to install, manage, and maintain. Database-driven applications are usually more flexible than traditional programs because they can store and retrieve data directly from the database as opposed to a file system or external storage. Database-driven applications provide access to the database as a single unit instead of multiple databases within the same application.
Traditional programs, on the other hand, use a number of different programming languages to describe different types of data structures. This means that the application developer must not only understand the underlying database-specific syntax, he also must be familiar with the various languages used to manipulate the database. Also, because each program can store and retrieve data in different ways, application developers must be able to anticipate which application can effectively store and manipulate the data at any given time.
Application programming interfaces (APIs) are a common part of many of today’s best-selling database-driven applications. APIs allow programmers to create custom business logic for their DbMS and communicate with the database through an interface. APIs provide the programmer with access to database-specific data structures as well as access to external applications and web services.
Database-driven applications allow programmers to build more interactive programs that can make it easier to access data and build more complex applications. The ability to build database-specific and reusable code has resulted in many of today’s most successful business applications. The use of database-driven software has been beneficial in a variety of different fields, such as inventory tracking, product cataloging, customer relationship management (CRM), sales and marketing, and insurance claims processing.
In addition to helping programmers write programs that interact with databases more effectively, database-driven applications can also simplify many web pages. Because the dbms provide a simple language to describe data structures and processes, it is much easier to add features to a database-driven application than to write an equivalent program using a standard programming language. As a result, applications written for DbMS can often provide additional functionality that is available only through programming with a more structured and organized language.
The ability to modify database-specific data structures enables database-driven applications to help users easily store, manage, and process large amounts of information quickly. While traditional programs require programmers to perform tedious tasks such as manually entering data into the database, DbMS can quickly reduce the number of tasks necessary to update or process an already existing data. A database-driven application can also use the built-in features of the database to automatically store the necessary information for future operations. This helps to improve the speed of processing and allows users to take advantage of database-specific features such as fast indexing and efficient query optimization.
It should be noted, however, that most database-driven applications are very different from traditional databases. Although many of the same features can be found in both, the primary distinction is in the language that is used to describe the data structures and processes that are used.
Database-driven applications can also be used as a database for traditional programs. Many types of software can be written to interact with database-driven applications. Some of these programs can also be run directly against a database as well. These programs are called database integration applications.
Another distinction between DbMS and other programs is that, while the former is designed to allow programmers to efficiently access data structures and processes, the latter allows users to access database-specific data structures in the database by using the same language that is used to describe data structures and processes in the dbms. In other words, they are two different databases in the same software.
A good example of an SQL based program would be Microsoft Access or Lotus Notes. In these programs, there are specialized types of indexes, stored procedures, stored functions, and stored tables that allow users to define the data that is stored within the database. Once the data is defined, the user can search for the data based on various fields or filters that match certain criteria.