The use of computers has changed the way people do things and live their lives. Today, businesses store sensitive and critical information in networked computers. Most of this information may be stored in what is known as a database. Since there may be need to update the information to reflect the changing times, it was important to develop tools such as, form design software, that would make this process easy and convenient. The tools have been developed in such a way that even those with limited knowledge of computers can still use them.
Database forms are basically windows or screens that feature both fields and spaces, with the field providing areas where users can enter information. Every field is created to hold a field label so that the user gets an idea of the contents of the form once they view it. For the forms to serve their intended purpose, they should be user-friendly.
While some databases have built-in forms, others do not use this type of forms. Instead, they make use of the query option to create and manipulate data. This means that anyone who wishes to handle the database should have some knowledge on querying. The other type of database incorporates the use of built-in forms for data entry. The result is that they are more user friendly, with each of the field labels on the forms being organized manner. This logical organization makes it easy to access and manipulate data.
Making an entry into the fields
Although databases that incorporate built-in forms are user friendly, it is still important to understand how users will be expected to make entries. This means that users have to understand the different field types. These field types are set when the form is created and are designed to take in certain types of information. For instance, if a field that has the field type ‘not null’ will not take null values. At the same time, it cannot be left blank, making it important to satisfy all the constraints of the relevant field.
Ease of use
When it comes to databases, a good form design software is one that is easy to use. Most of the users will be making the entries and changes they want by a single click and will not be aware of the scripting. However, they should still be able to make entries and manipulate data without much difficulty. The design should also allow users to customize the forms by selecting their preferred templates.
Other uses of these forms
Some forms are directly connected to the source of data such as a query or table. The forms, known as bound forms, make it possible to not only enter but also edit and display data from the source.
With the various tasks that you can achieve using database forms, there is no doubt that they can help you access critical business information. However, you should make sure that the forms are designed to meet the unique needs of your business.