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A database application is a type of computer application dedicated to managing a database, a large collection of structured data. Database applications span a huge variety of needs and purposes, from small user-oriented tools such as an address book, to huge enterprise-wide systems for tasks like accounting.

The term database application generally refers to a specific type of application, a general purpose tool either designed to be used embedded in other applications (like an address book), or by end-users on small projects. Larger systems that allow a number of users to manipulate data are generally referred to as database management systems instead, although they are, ostensibly, database applications (typically an interacting suite of them).

Examples of database applications include dBASE, FileMaker[?] and (to some degree) HyperCard.

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