I've been wanting to get into database work and to create my own little "practice" database for some time now, but I'm having trouble deciding on software to use. It seems that Access is the standard in the corporate world, but sadly there is no OS X version of it. Filemaker is expensive, and the only other option I see for OS X is OpenOffice Base, which I'm not quite sold on (I'd rather use the real thing you know?)
Anybody have any suggestions? Is there a new version of OpenOffice out that's improved? Any ideas would be great, since I've been searching for a while to find something nice. I had a FileMaker trial, and I liked it alright but it felt like it was too much of a "fisher price" style program, you know, like it's handholding...and I have NeoOffice, which I may get rid of.
1.) Everything that is not Oracle blows goats. I don't work for Oracle and I hate their business practices, but it is the truth. No one else makes anything else that comes close.
2.) Having said that, MySQL is your best bet. The Query Browser and Administrator apps they make for OS-X make is easy to work with, and it is pretty damn stable.