Gents, I've been playing with MySQL and PostgreSQL back in 2009 (see this page http://bluez.home.xs4all.nl/purebasic/p ... 13.htm#top
). I have to do a little fooling around with 'the MS SQL thingy'.
I would like to do a test run back home, ie. install something like SQL Server Express, so I can a. play around with configuring the ODBC on the client (Windows XP and Windows 7) as well as fool around a little with a few queries.
What's the best candidate to set up in a VM? (Preferably but not necessary using Windows XP as the base OS on which to install the SQL package, haven't got any server editions around at the moment, and I have no intention to become a full fledged SQL specialist
The final purpose is to write a little client which gets a bunch of data from some kind of industrial SQL server, after which I can produce a few very non-standard reports and graphs, stuff that takes too much time to do in Excel or some other reporting tool, by hand. I'd like to check some basic functionality on a box at home so I won't have to experiment on site.