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Lots of great things coming your way. Our activities have expanded into software and web programming, and we have settled into the
West Coast. In the next few weeks we will be adding information about databases, coding, Internet, some material on web databases too.

Most people are not really aware that databases are all around us. Every day we use them to accomplish the large and small tasks like driving our car and adjusting the temperature or the water in our refrigerators. When we shop online and when we enter numbers into spreadsheets we are using databases. There are several very sophisticated and highly advanced programs used in business and by government agencies, such as ORACLE, and SQL Server. Others like Microsoft Access are considered more desktop user or office related. Programs such as Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks are more spreadsheet oriented. Programs like WordPress are a content management system for creating and storing web pages for web sites use PHP coding language and MySQL databases. All of these are truly sophisticated an ever evolving programs designed to aid in development and deployment for their specific target users.

Static and Dynamic Web Pages

A few words about web databases as well as web programming. Static web pages are programmed using HTML code directly and will always appear the with the same content and well, they look static. So, to make them change, you need to change the underlying code. Most web pages never need to change because the information stays the same. Static web sites do not rely on databases

Dynamic web pages are web pages that have at least some material that does change whenever they appear. These changes occur each time they are loaded, or served up by the hosting server. These changes will occur automatically based on the programming code and some type of trigger. The trigger is typically some entry from the user, such as clicking on text or hovering or clicking an image on the web page. This can all take place with opening a new page. A dynamic website does use a database in the background.

Backend And Frontend Databases

We’ve been doing database programming for years and lots of what is called “backend” programming for quite a while. So what is “backend” programming? When you open website or a program on your desktop computer, what you are viewing is called the User Interface. This is also known as the “front end.” The back end is the actual database that holds all the data that you see by clicking on buttons or images or by entering text into the User Interface. For example, if you enter your first name and last name into a form and press the Enter key, you have just placed your first and last name data into the back end database. The relatively simple process is repeated and expanded upon in vastly more complex ways billions of times every day to create massive data repositories.

The Internet And Databases

You help create these huge databases every time you search for anything on the Internet. Open the Google browser on the Internet. Search for anything. Google uses its database to search for your inquiry, plus it also enters your inquiry into another database as an inquiry. It doesn’t stop there. Google enters the time, date, place of search, the IP address of your computer (oh yes, there is no such thing as privacy any longer). The search engine will even record the length of time you are logged onto the browser, and the operating system your computer is using. It will also gather all the data about every website you will visit. OK, we’re going to stop here because we could create a list that would be very long and, possibly a bit scary.

Is This SEO?

About the SEO ramifications – If you own a website, all this dovetails into your website rankings. Our friends at
Vancouver WA SEO just north of Portland Oregon provided us with extensive consulting on the topic of Google search engine optimization and how website rankings are so tightly related to the Google database itself. In fact the Google database, often simply referred to as the Google Index, is sometimes also called the “rankings index.” It’s more complicated than that, but Google’s database system is the real key to getting those hugely important search engine rankings.

But Wait There’s More

Ok, we’ve got a start, so we’ll be adding more of all sorts of topics related to web programming geared toward the database side and maybe get off track sometimes if we find the topic interesting. Also, we may find some interesting database software, events, tools, or other fun stuff. So stayed tuned!