Need robust yet simplistic (?) DB for data capturing/reporting for non-programmer

tsmithy's Avatar, Join Date: Sep 2009
Newbie Member
What is the best option out there, in the way of databases, for me to use that fit the following criteria?

1) free
2) simple to learn and implement (from a non-programmer standpoint) with about a 2 day "grace" period for getting up to speed
3) able to capture around 70k data elements and run without issues
4) ability to query and produce basic reports

I am in a situation where I need to find an application with the above criteria and I figured I may as well ask the experts because I'm in a bit over my head.

I have looked at Oracle Express, MySQL, MS Access, and LyteRAD.

I can't say that I trust this LyteRAD program to be all that great, but I see the other options as being difficult enough for a non-programmer to learn, and I'm not even sure if MS Access can handle all that much and still function.

I could really use you guys' help and I really appreciate it.

Thanks for reading.
venami's Avatar, Join Date: Dec 2008
Ambitious contributor
MySQL will solve your need. Even there is a good GUI to use MySQL with ease.
urstop's Avatar, Join Date: Oct 2007
Go for MYSQL, thats the best option in terms of costs and performance.