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DBMS > FileMaker vs. Microsoft Access vs. Spark SQL

System Properties Comparison FileMaker vs. Microsoft Access vs. Spark SQL

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NameFileMaker  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Access  Xexclude from comparisonSpark SQL  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.)Spark SQL is a component on top of 'Spark Core' for structured data processing
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score54.88
Rank#19  Overall
#12  Relational DBMS
Score128.06
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Score16.95
Rank#35  Overall
#21  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.filemaker.comproducts.office.com/­en-us/­accessspark.apache.org/­sql
Technical documentationwww.filemaker.com/­support/­product/­documentation.htmlmsdn.microsoft.com/­en-us/­library/­office/­ff604965.aspxspark.apache.org/­docs/­latest/­sql-programming-guide.html
DeveloperFileMaker infoa subsidiary of AppleMicrosoftApache Software Foundation
Initial release198319922014
Current release18, May 20191902 (16.0.11328.20222), March 2019v2.4.4, September 2019
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial infoBundled with Microsoft OfficeOpen Source infoApache 2.0
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageC++Scala
Server operating systemsiOS
OS X
Windows
Windows infoNot a real database server, but making use of DLLsLinux
OS X
Windows
Data schemeyesyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyes
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 formatno
Secondary indexesyesyesno
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infovia pluginsyes infobut not compliant to any SQL standardSQL-like DML and DDL statements
APIs and other access methodsFilemaker WebDirect
JDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
DAO
ODBC
OLE DB
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesPHPC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
Java
Python
R
Scala
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engineno
Triggersyesyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engineno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnonenoneyes, utilizing Spark Core
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMaster-slave replication, warm standby infosince Version 14nonenone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnono
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyesno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanoACID infobut no files for transaction loggingno
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.no
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 2003no

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