Anybody who has ever used Microsoft Access knows that it’s a very high leverage tool. In a short while you can get basic database functionality, forms and reports up and running quickly. It certainly has its limitations but in some instances it’s just the right solution.
With that background, this post was pretty interesting to skim. The author is thinking in terms of a new product that could be Access on the web. He talks about the fact that the Ruby on Rails framework for creating database applications is close but needs some more.
One of the comments is a pointer to dabbledb. I looked at it and it looks very good. I watched the 8 minute demo on the dabbledb site and it seems like it would be a good tool for some of you out there who would like a usable database for various things.
DabbleDB doesn’t talk in terms of Relational DB or anything technical, but has the idea of tables referencing tables. I suspect that I would find it pretty limiting, but there is no arguing that it would be sufficient for a lot of cases.
Dabble DB is a SaaS offering. $8/person/month