Many years ago I believe Apple included a copy of
Hypercard with it's OS. That's before my time, and I have never used it.
But, I do have occasional requirements for very simple databases. I am not talking full relational database systems necessarily, a flat file "cardview" system would be suitable for most of my needs.
My question is simply what tools does are provided that enable simple database style data files to be created and accessed. Graphical would be preferred, (although I am fairly sure that no such thing exists) but command line tools may be fine also, and there are a vast range of Unix/Linux style tools included so it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that some are either suitable, or at least able to be co-opted with a bit of scripting to provide a minimal database app.
I am aware of (and indeed own) third party database software such as Bento, and I am not looking to replace it or acehive it's levels of customisation. They key is that the tool must be pre-installed with Mac os X 10.7, and not require me to download anything extra.
I have experimented with creating a custom Address book datafile with custom fields and using the Address Book front end for entering data and searchign etc, but with limited success (mainly in that I cannot subsquently use my real address book easily).