I just started a course on databases and I seem to need some sort of database interaction program, I was pointed towards SQL but I know nothing of it. I do have access to over 180 free programs from microsoft yet I have no idea what I need. I tried installing SQL server 2012, seems I needed to upgrade my service pack (OS) and I decided to go with SQL Server 2008. I chose to install "New SQL Server stand-alone feature or add features to an existing instalation". Finished that, but now I have no .exe. What do I need / what am I doing wrong.
I will provide more information if needed, now I don't even know enough about the subject to even ask a well formed question, I hope you can bear with me for now.