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NameMicrosoft Access
DescriptionMicrosoft Access combines a backend RDBMS (JET / ACE Engine) with a GUI frontend for data manipulation and queries. The Access frontend is often used for accessing other datasources (DBMS, Excel, etc.)
Database modelRelational DBMS
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Rank#7  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Technical documentationmsdn.microsoft.com/­en-us/­library/­office/­ff604965.aspx
Initial release1992
Current release2016 (16.0.4229.1024), September 2015
Licensecommercial Bundled with Microsoft Office
Database as a Service (DBaaS) Only available as a cloud serviceno
Implementation languageC++
Server operating systemsWindows Not a real database server, but making use of DLLs
Data schemeyes
Typing predefined data types such as float or dateyes
Secondary indexesyes
SQLyes but not compliant to any SQL standard
APIs and other access methodsDAO
Supported programming languagesC
Visual Basic.NET
Server-side scripts Stored proceduresyes since Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Triggersyes since Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Partitioning methods Methods for storing different data on different nodesnone
Replication methods Methods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnone
Foreign keys Referential integrityyes
Transaction concepts Support to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID but no files for transaction logging
Concurrency Support for concurrent manipulation of datayes
Durability Support for making data persistentyes but no files for transaction logging
User concepts Access controlno a simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003

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