An Online SQL Database

by Shigom H
ZohoDB is one the first online database next to ZabbleDB. It is becoming a popular database management tool, allowing users to create a database that supports any SQL format. So it doesn’t matter which format you are using to write your queries.(SQLServer, MYSQL, Oracle), ZohoDB is able to process it. However it only allows Select statements. Hopefully in the future ZohoDB will be able to handle more different type of queries. ZohoDB even offers visual queries to make it easier for users who are not accustomed to writing regular queries . ZohoDB has a similar structure to an excel spreadsheet and allows users to implement formulas into different columns and create pivot tables. One feature of ZohoDB is that  user created graphs and charts are given static URLs and can be embedded into other websites.  The article “Zoho DB Launched” by Richard MacManus covers more of these features in detail.

The reason I chose this article is because in class we spoke about document-oriented databases such as JSON and XML. However you are limited in what you can do with document-oriented databases. ZohoDB seems to be the solution by offering simplicity and functionality.


MacManus, R. (n.d.). ReadWrite – Zoho DB Launched – Beats Google, Microsoft to Online Database. ReadWrite – Web Apps, Web Technology Trends, Social Networking and Social Media. Retrieved November 19, 2012, from

2 thoughts on “An Online SQL Database

  • November 19, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Interesting article Shigom. It appears that with ZohoBD the Zoho company has made under 15 online office applications. Another article mentioned that the easiest way to describe Zoho DB is that it’s an online version of Microsoft Access with more features. The author of the article says he played with the tool for a bit and found it to be robust and responsive.

  • November 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    ZohoDB is still in its early stage therefore it only allow for select statements. Hopefully in the future there will an iteration with additional features that allow for a broader range of statements. Zoho has made its online database tool simple and easy to use for beginners. I have not yet used ZohoDB personally but its simplicity is really appealing to me since I am new to database.

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