Databases are backbone of so much these days (on the Web and in business in general) and as such, any self-respecting nerd should know at least a little bit about them.
In a nutshell:
A database is typically just a piece of software that acts like a virtual filing cabinet. Depending on the TYPE of database, they can come equipped with all kinds of extra features that make managing a lot of data easier.
As I just mentioned, there are different types of databases. The most common being:
- Relational databases
- Object databases
- Flat file systems
To learn more about databases, listen to the podcast.