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I have designed a web page using html and CGI and the page asks the user to enter details about themselves (its and application form).
I want to store the details they enter so I can do things like send them a letter thanking them for their interest.
How do I go about storing the data. And whats the best way to retrieve it?
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It's up to you in your cgi program.  You got the data there, save it out.  If it's just a small amount of data and you just want to generate email from it, you can probably get away with just appending it to a file as you receive it.  Be sure to observe proper file locking as multiple cgi requests can happen at the same time.  If you expect to collect a large amount of data, then I'd suggest hooking in a database system.  One I've used in the past is MSQL, which is a shareware SQL driven database package for unix.  Of course there are many other options depending on your server platform, Oracle, Postgres, Ingress, Access, even Excel via ODBC drivers.
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Some of those who tried using access or excel thay say that
they found it diffecult to link ther database programms to
the data files.

so is there an easy way other than using oracle, ingress,access.....
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