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System Properties Comparison dBASE vs. IBM Db2 vs. Informix

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NamedBASE  Xexclude from comparisonIBM Db2 infoformerly named DB2 or IBM Database 2  Xexclude from comparisonInformix  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptiondBase was one of the first databases with a development environment on PC's. Its latest version dBase V is still sold as dBase classic, which needs a DOS Emulation. The up-to-date product is dBase plus.Common in IBM host environments, 2 different versions for host and Windows/LinuxA secure embeddable database from IBM, positioned besides DB2 as a relatively low-cost product optimized for OLTP and Internet of Things data
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS infoSince Version 10.5 support for JSON/BSON documents compatible with MongoDBRelational DBMS infoSince Version 12.10 support for JSON/BSON datatypes compatible with MongoDB
Secondary database modelsDocument store
RDF store infoin DB2 LUW (Linux, Unix, Windows)
Document store
Time Series DBMS infowith Informix TimeSeries Extension
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score15.31
Rank#36  Overall
#22  Relational DBMS
Score171.56
Rank#6  Overall
#5  Relational DBMS
Score25.40
Rank#27  Overall
#15  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.dbase.comwww.ibm.com/­analytics/­us/­en/­db2www.ibm.com/­analytics/­informix
Technical documentationwww.dbase.com/­support/­knowledgebasewww.ibm.com/­support/­knowledgecenter/­SSEPGGinformix.hcldoc.com
www.ibm.com/­support/­knowledgecenter/­SSGU8G/­welcomeIfxServers.html
DeveloperAsthon TateIBMIBM, HCL Technologies infoEffective May 1st, 2017, HCL took on development, technical support, and product management teams, and works jointly with IBM on product strategy, marketing, and sales.
Initial release19791983 infohost version1984
Current releasedBASE PLUS 11, December 201612.1, October 201614.10, March 2019
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial infofree version is availablecommercial infofree developer edition available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageC and C++C, C++ and Java
Server operating systemsDOS infodBase Classic
Windows infodBase Pro
AIX
HP-UX
Linux
Solaris
Windows
z/OS
AIX
HP-UX
Linux
macOS
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeyesyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyes infoSince Version 12.10 support for JSON/BSON datatypes
Secondary indexesyesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoyesyes
APIs and other access methodsnone infoThe IDE can access other DBMS or ODBC-sources.JSON style queries infoMongoDB compatible
XQuery
ADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
JSON API infoMongoDB compatible
MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport)
RESTful HTTP API
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesdBase proprietary IDEC
C#
C++
Cobol
Delphi
Fortran
Java
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Visual Basic
.Net
C
C++
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresno infoThe IDE can access stored procedures in other database systems.yesyes
Triggersnoyesyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnoneSharding infoonly with Windows/Unix/Linux VersionSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnoneyes infowith separate tools (MQ, InfoSphere)Master-master replication
Master-slave replication
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infonot for dBase internal data, but IDE does support transactions when accessing external DBMSACIDACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.yes
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and rolesfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardUsers with fine-grained authentication, authorization, and auditing controls

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Conferences and events

IDUG Db2 Tech Conference Europe 2019
Rotterdam, Netherlands, 29-24 October 2019

IIUG Informix Conference 2019
Los Angeles, California, USA, 22-26 September 2019

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