View Full Version : MS Access like tool to develop simple applications?

August 29th, 2012, 07:35 PM
Many, many years ago I used MS access to quickly build some simple applications. Simplistic VB type scripting and prebuilt GUI elements.

Does any such thing exist for a gnome desktop?

August 29th, 2012, 08:42 PM
The program called "Base" that comes with OpenOffice and LibreOffice is an Access-like program. I use it from time to time to move data between my desktop and a remote PostgreSQL server. To be honest, though, the main reason why I still have a copy of Win7 running in a VirtualBox virtual machine on my desktop is to use MS Access. I can connect with it to those same databases using ODBC. I have one application that I use for a month or so every year with a lot of relational tables. (It runs an online NCAA March Madness game.) While I can write the SQL queries by hand if I need to, sometimes it's just easier to use Access to create the links and extract the fields I need.

The Cog
August 29th, 2012, 09:11 PM
To use base, you will need to install a java runtime - openjdk-6-jre will do nicely. Base is rather like access, as I remember it.

Another possibility is kexi - http://www.kexi-project.org/ . I have never tried it so this is not a recommendation, just a note that it exists.

August 29th, 2012, 10:14 PM
Check Gambas (http://gambas.sourceforge.net/). Use the software centre to install it.

August 29th, 2012, 11:25 PM
Thank you guys for the suggestions - so much to try out!