Please note this is a technical article which concentrates on the installation of the database.
If you like the idea of having a database full of past racing results there are two options to consider.
1. I can carry out the installation for you. This will require remote access to your PC, which must be Windows based.
2. I can arrange and assist you in having the database setup and housed online with a UK based ISP. At less than £40 per year it is a great option.
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These are the instructions for installing MS SQL which we will use in creating a horse racing database. MS SQL is my preferred database for Racing Form Book’s results data. This needs installing before using the RaceHorseFormBuilder app. Then you will be able to take the results data files and start populating and building your own personal database.
While there are many example tutorials on creating databases, including Microsoft’s own. I have personally installed the ones below and others which will work with the RaceHorseFormBuilder App.
Please be aware that there is a 10 GB limit for SQL Express editions. However as one year of results is approximately 30 MB this should be way more than sufficient. Of course it depends on what uses you intend and how these may expand the limits. As such I have included a document on installing SQL 2017 Developer edition, which if not using the database for any commercial reasons is allowed. Please read the licensing details so you do not inadvertently exceed them.
The latest version of the freely available editions is 2017 and this is the link to the download. Download a free specialized edition – MSSQL 2017!
There are some useful items of information regarding using the App and tasks that you can or may carry out on the page Race Horse Form Builder Houskeeping.
It is planned to expand and create more pages and documentation for RacingFormBook database and the associated RaceHorseFormBuilder application. If you feel that the documentation about how to create a SQL database for horse racing needs more detail, again let me know. However please send any questions, requests or your own tips and thoughts to this Contact Us link.
Simply put RacingFormBook will help inform and assist you to find winners and enjoyment from Horse Racing. Provide a unique rating method and racing results/racecard data.
To further anyone’s ambition to use the information, whether this is as a point of reference, a repository for their ratings or to enable the research into racing systems.