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System Properties Comparison Adabas vs. AlaSQL vs. Microsoft Access

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NameAdabas infodenotes "adaptable data base"  Xexclude from comparisonAlaSQL  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Access  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionOLTP - DBMS for mainframes and Linux/Unix/Windows environments infoused typically together with the Natural programming platformJavaScript DBMS libraryMicrosoft Access combines a backend RDBMS (JET / ACE Engine) with a GUI frontend for data manipulation and queries. infoThe Access frontend is often used for accessing other datasources (DBMS, Excel, etc.)
Primary database modelMultivalue DBMSDocument store
Relational DBMS
Relational DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score3.99
Rank#70  Overall
#1  Multivalue DBMS
Score0.40
Rank#218  Overall
#31  Document stores
#105  Relational DBMS
Score132.71
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.softwareag.com/­corporate/­products/­adabas_natural/­adabas/­default.htmlalasql.orgproducts.office.com/­en-us/­access
Technical documentationgithub.com/­agershun/­alasqlmsdn.microsoft.com/­en-us/­library/­office/­ff604965.aspx
DeveloperSoftware AGAndrey Gershun & Mathias R. WulffMicrosoft
Initial release197120141992
Current release1902 (16.0.11328.20222), March 2019
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoMIT-Licensecommercial infoBundled with Microsoft Office
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageJavaScriptC++
Server operating systemsBS2000
Linux
Unix
Windows
z/OS
z/VSE
server-less, requires a JavaScript environment (browser, Node.js)Windows infoNot a real database server, but making use of DLLs
Data schemeyesschema-freeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesnoyes
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.nono
Secondary indexesyesnoyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infowith add-on product Adabas SQL GatewayClose to SQL99, but no user access control, stored procedures and host language bindings.yes infobut not compliant to any SQL standard
APIs and other access methodsHTTP API infowith add-on software Adabas SOA Gateway
SOAP-based API infowith add-on software Adabas SOA Gateway
JavaScript APIDAO
OLE DB
ADO.NET
ODBC
Supported programming languagesNaturalJavaScriptC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresin Naturalnoyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Triggersnoyesyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesyes, with additonal products like Adabas Cluster Services, Adabas Parallel Services, Adabas Vistanonenone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyes, with add-on product Event Replicatornonenone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistencynone
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDyes infoonly for local storage and DOM-storageACID infobut no files for transaction logging
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes infoby using IndexedDB, SQL.JS or proprietary FileStorageyes infobut no files for transaction logging
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.noyes
User concepts infoAccess controlonly with OS-specific tools (e.g. IBM RACF, CA Top Secret)nono infoa simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003

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