Access or SQL?
Please excuse the n00bness. As i said i know nothing about database creation and would like to learn. So I'm assuming that Access (MS Access I got that much) and SQL are separate, is there a reason i should not learn both? I would like to start with whatever would give me best foundation for more learning. If learning access is easier and gets me familiar with many of the concepts behind database creation so i can go onto SQL that would work.
I'm still not sure really what application to steer you towards...are you wanting to keep track of your album or stamp collection? Or looking for a career in database managment?
MSAccess uses SQL to an extent...you usually don't see it as it runs behind the scenes. You can directly use SQL in MSAccess, but don't really NEED, and usually wouldn't want too...MSAccess is primarily for home/small business applications can be programmed to be fairly powerful.
Programming SQL at an Enterprise level is entirely different. (but similar in concept)
If you want hardcore database design/production...I'd recommend setting up an semi-old computer with Linux and learning on MySQL. (google)
Otherwise, you'd need access to database servers, ie. Oracle, MS, DB2 etc....to practice and learn on.
Sorry I can't help much more....