what is geodatabase and why is it different from shapefile?

Discussion created by nunupodi on Oct 18, 2011
Latest reply on Oct 19, 2011 by dlaw-esristaff
Hi there,

i am new to gis, and i would like to learn more about it. Now I get confuse what are the differences between geodatabase and shapefile. And if we have geodatabase, do we need to convert it into shapefile so that we can use it as a layer? Please advice.

Looking forward for nice people to explain.