Your points are excellent and get at a bigger issue. The state is
demading more and more data from the local schools and in turn the Feds
are demanding more and more data from the states. The state of VT sends
schools an Access database that we fill out and mail back to them. We do
not input to a larger database directly. We got a copy of the database
labeled from them for our school. This happens at every school in the
state. When we send the data to the state and correct me if I'm wrong,
someone has to merge the data sent by each school in its own database
into one larger database that then gets sent off to the feds. It seems
to me that there is a lot of unnecessary data conversion going on. It
seems like everyone should be inputting directly to the larger database
rahter than export info from the local school's student information
system, import to access locally. send it to the state, export from the
local datbase and import to the staewide database, export from the
statewide databse, send it off to the feds, and then they import it into
something else with the data.
To get back to our local issue, some of the data being collected by our
school imporvement committees may be relevant to requirements of NCLB or
This state is small enough where it seems like we ought to be able to
standardize many of the data fields and so on and eliminate some of the
data conversion that goes on. We should be using something that is
multiplatform which kills Access as a possibility. The choice then comes
down to Filemaker or some sort of SQL (MySQL is my choice of the SQL's).
If Filemaker has come as far in Version 7 as Ed Crelin claims, then,
perhaps, Filemaker is the way to go. Whatever we do, it would be better
for us to have a unified approach that will fit multiple environment and
not just do it the M$ way and shut out other environments.
David Tisdell. Computer Coordinator
Mt. Mansfield Union High School
211 Browns Trace
Jericho, VT 05465
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I am a huge fan of mySQL, but I wouldn't call it it enterprise class.
Oracle, of course, is enterprise class, but you would absolutely need
full-time DBM to manage it. It is an incredibly complex and powerful
I was the director of technical marketing and HR for a web software
engineering firm in Manhattan before coming home to Vermont. Oracle
DBMs I regularly interviewed basically START at 6 figure salaries and
that's essentially for someone with _very_ little experience. There's
reason for that.
On Dec 1, 2004, at 9:12 AM, Dave Tisdell wrote:
> We need to start using an enterprise
> class database such as MySQL (or you could go for the big bucks and
> complexity and use oracle).
david herren - shoreham, vt us na terra solsys orionarm
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