Online Database Resources

Use our handy database link guide to find the best and most useful database-focused sites from all over the Web.

Guides and Resources

These are sites like ours, offering a mix of tutorials, news, forums, and reviews related to all database issues.

NewsNow: Databases
Aggregated collection of breaking database-related news from around the Web. Articles are linked from multiple sources, including PR Newswire, TechWeb, Freshmeat, etc.
DevX: Database Development Zone
How-to articles, scripts, user Q&A, and discussion forums broken down into four main DB categories: SQL, Oracle, DB2/Informix, and Others.
Experts Exchange: Databases
Q&A forum in which experts accumulate points by answering user questions. The Database section breaks down into several sub-categories by database; i.e., Access, MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, etc.
SQL Monster
Forums for MS SQL Server developers and DBAs- Offers forums and articles where you can share your knowledge of the SQL database, ask questions, or get advice.

DB Specific

Sites or sub-sites with an emphasis on one specific database. This section does not include those site pages provided specifically by the vendor (those are below).


IDUG: International DB2 User’s Group
IDUG home page. IDUG is an independent User’s Group focused on all things DB2; the IDUG Web page features resource links, discussion forums, and archived issues of their tri-annual IDUG Solutions Journal.


IIUG: International Informix User’s Group
Informix News, discussion lists, and Web resources.


The Access Web
FAQ page devoted to MS Access based development. Includes questions broken into very specific categories; such as bugs, tables, queries. date/time, etc.
Utter Access Discussion Forum
User Q&A focused primarily on Access developmental problems and issues. Includes a link resource listing, and also includes SQLServer/VB sections (though Access is the main focus).

SQL Server:

Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS)
Independent User Group originally co-founded by Microsoft and Computer Associates. Events, news, forums, and chat.
The latest in security issues specifically related to SQL Server implementations.
Blog style site with contributed technical articles (with reader comments) and discussion forums. Multiple sections based on topics include OLAP, Administration, Database Design, etc.
SQL Server Magazine
Penton Media’s online magazine with technical, how-to articles and news for SQL Server developers and administrators.
SQL Server Central
Scripts, articles, forums, and resource links from former columnists.
SQL Server performance tuning and optimization articles from former columnists.
SQL Server World Wide User’s Group
Boards, news, tools, and technical articles.



The Underground Oracle FAQs
Huge collection of Oracle Q&A within a searchable and browseable directory (category/subcategory) format.
ODTUG: Oracle Development Tools User Group
User group focused on issues surrounding the use of the Oracle Internet Developer Suite.
ITtoolbox Oracle KnowledgeBase
Large, well categorized resource site and link repository offers technical articles, FAQs, scripts, reviews, and news.

From the Vendors

Sites provided by the actual vendors of the specific databases; i.e., product home pages and related resources provided by the vendor.

Microsoft SQL Server Community is where you’ll find answers in Microsoft newsgroups, locate non-Microsoft SQL Server communities, join in chats, and share best practices and tips with your peers.

Oracle Corporation’s main database products page. See also the Developer Suite and Application Server sections, as well as the developer oriented Oracle Technology Network (OTN).
IBM’s official DB2 products home page, with platform-specific Universal Database sections and links to related tools and events.

developerWorks : DB2is your starting place for technical information about the DB2 and Data Management development platform. You’ll find articles, sample code, tutorials, tools, and more.
IBM’s home page for the Informix line of OLTP products.
Home page for the open source database engine, MySQL.
MS Access
Microsoft’s Access page includes purchasing/licensing information, downloads and support information, tutorials, and tips.
Home page for the free Enterprise Open Source Database.
4th Dimension (4D Inc)
The 4D product line, including the WebSTAR Server Suite for Mac OS.
FileMaker Pro
News, purchase, and support information.
Visual FoxPro
Microsoft’s Visual FoxPro home page, from the Microsoft Developer’s Network. Tutorials, tools, and downloads (service packs).
NetLib Encryptionizer
Automatic whole-database encryption and column encryption for SQL Server, MSDE, and MS Access


Sites that will provide you with further database related Web resources; i.e., other link directories and listings.

Dr. Dobb’s Journal: Database Development
Site subsection with links to specific DB articles and further Web resources. Edited by Doug Reilly.

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