Glom an Opensource money saving alternative to Microsoft Access and Filemaker Pro, was developed by 39 years old Murray Cumming from the United Kingdom, a C++ developer, specialized in Linux/Unix and GUIs, you can find more amazing projects at his company’s website  Openismus GmbH , Murray describes Glom as ..

A database application for small businesses, providing functionality similar to FileMaker Pro, using the Postgresql server. It might also be used instead of Microsoft Access, but it is far easier to use than Access.

Glom allows non-developers to easily create database systems for small businesses or departments. By using Glom’s built-in features, the resulting systems have a high level of functionality, with almost no programming or SQL.

The design is loosely based on FileMaker Pro, but with a separate database server. Its simple framework should be enough to implement most database applications. Without Glom these systems normally consist of lots of repetitive, unmaintainable code.

It uses the PostgreSQL database backend but it cannot edit databases that it did not create, because it uses only a simple subset of Postgres functionality.

Features:

  • High-level features – relationships, lookups, related fields, calculated fields, drop-down choices, searching, reports, users and groups.
  • Keeps it simple – supports numeric, text, date, time, Boolean, and image field types.
  • Easy – requires almost no programming, though you may choose to use Python for calculated fields or buttons.
  • International – each system can be translated for multiple languages and countries.
  • It is open source software, released under the GPL License.

Glom is very easy to use as long as you understand some basic concepts outlined in the documentation. It has a user-friendly graphical interface and can run on Windows and other platforms. With it, you can create database interfaces with considerably more ease than with other programs since they are not created separately.

Simple to install and configure, Glom is ideal for small businesses and academics or professionals who need a graphical interface that’s simple but serves basic needs. Bottom line, it’s strengths lie in its simplicity and ease of use.