Barcode ID Database

Topics: Code 11, Code 128, Code 39, Code 93, Code EAN 13, Code EAN 8
Dec 20, 2010 at 8:40 PM

So basically I want to have a barcode database set up preferably in sql. I want to be able to use a usb barcode scanner which when scanning a barcode will give a status to that item in the database. What symbology would be easily read by a cheap usb barcode reader? Where should I go first software-wise?