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System Properties Comparison Firebird vs. Microsoft Access

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NameFirebird  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Access  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionFirebird is an open source RDBMS forked from Borland's InterBaseMicrosoft 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 modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score21.10
Rank#30  Overall
#18  Relational DBMS
Score144.65
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.firebirdsql.orgproducts.office.com/­en-us/­access
Technical documentationwww.firebirdsql.org/­en/­reference-manualsmsdn.microsoft.com/­en-us/­library/­office/­ff604965.aspx
DeveloperFirebird FoundationMicrosoft
Initial release2000 infoAs fork of Borland's InterBase1992
Current release3.0.4, October 20181902 (16.0.11328.20222), March 2019
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoInitial Developer's Public Licensecommercial infoBundled with Microsoft Office
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenono
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Implementation languageC and C++C++
Server operating systemsAIX
FreeBSD
HP-UX
Linux
OS X
server-less infoFirebird Embedded Server
Solaris
Unix
Windows
Windows infoNot a real database server, but making use of DLLs
Data schemeyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes
Secondary indexesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyesyes infobut not compliant to any SQL standard
APIs and other access methodsC/C++ API
OLE DB
ADO.NET
JDBC infoJaybird
ODBC
DAO
OLE DB
ADO.NET
ODBC
Supported programming languagesC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Lua
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
C
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresPSQLyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Triggersyesyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnonenone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnone infoavailable via 3rd party productsnone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnono
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDACID infobut no files for transaction logging
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes infoFeatures a multi-generational MVCC architecture, readers do not block writersyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes infobut no files for transaction logging
User concepts infoAccess controlUsers with fine-grained authorization conceptno infoa simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003

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