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System Properties Comparison FileMaker vs. Microsoft Access vs. Solr

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NameFileMaker  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Access  Xexclude from comparisonSolr  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionFileMaker is a cross-platform RDBMS that includes a GUI frontend.Microsoft 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.)A widely used distributed, scalable search engine based on Apache Lucene
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMSSearch engine
Secondary database modelsSpatial DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score54.22
Rank#21  Overall
#14  Relational DBMS
Score119.24
Rank#11  Overall
#7  Relational DBMS
Score53.85
Rank#22  Overall
#3  Search engines
Websitewww.claris.com/­filemakerwww.microsoft.com/­en-us/­microsoft-365/­accesslucene.apache.org/­solr
Technical documentationwww.claris.com/­resources/­documentationdeveloper.microsoft.com/­en-us/­accesslucene.apache.org/­solr/­resources.html
DeveloperFileMaker infoa subsidiary of AppleMicrosoftApache Software Foundation
Initial release198319922006
Current release19.3.1, June 20211902 (16.0.11328.20222), March 20198.11.0, November 2021
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial infoBundled with Microsoft OfficeOpen Source infoApache Version 2
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageC++Java
Server operating systemsiOS
OS X
Windows
Windows infoNot a real database server, but making use of DLLsAll OS with a Java VM inforuns as a servlet in servlet container (e.g. Tomcat, Jetty is included)
Data schemeyesyesyes infoDynamic Fields enables on-the-fly addition of new fields
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyes infosupports customizable data types and automatic typing
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.yes infoA http query request can return the data in XML formatyes
Secondary indexesyesyesyes infoAll search fields are automatically indexed
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infovia pluginsyes infobut not compliant to any SQL standardSolr Parallel SQL Interface
APIs and other access methodsFilemaker WebDirect
JDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
DAO
ODBC
OLE DB
Java API
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
Supported programming languagesPHPC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
.Net
Erlang
Java
JavaScript
any language that supports sockets and either XML or JSON
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engineJava plugins
Triggersyesyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engineyes infoUser configurable commands triggered on index changes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnonenoneSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesSource-replica replication, warm standby infosince Version 14noneyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonospark-solr: github.com/­lucidworks/­spark-solr and streaming expressions to reduce
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyesno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanoACID infobut no files for transaction loggingoptimistic locking
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes infobut no files for transaction loggingyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.yes
User concepts infoAccess controlsimple rights management via user accounts and connection to external directory servicesno infoa simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003yes

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