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DBMS and report writing tool recommendations

What DBMS and report writer do you recommend? I currently use Sybase Infomaker. I find that it is very unstable and crashes often, and when I execute the same queries, I don't always get the same results.

The answer to this question depends on what you want to do, what do your users want... ie, do they want to push a button and select a report, or do they want to be able to change sorts, or fields in the reports?

Personally, I like Oracle DBMS, and am most comfortable with it... but there are situations where I might pick MS Access.

For reporting tools:

  1. SQL for ad-hoc queries
  2. PL/SQL for time-critical reports which will be performed regularly, and on a timed basis.
  3. TOAD for developing SQL and easy report formatting for technical people
  4. Crystal Reports for overall compatibility with most databases and easy use by non-technical users.

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