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Microsoft Access System Properties

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NameMicrosoft Access
DescriptionMicrosoft 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 DBMS
Secondary database modelsKey-value store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score136.80
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Websiteproducts.office.com/­en-us/­access
Technical documentationmsdn.microsoft.com/­en-us/­library/­office/­ff604965.aspx
DeveloperMicrosoft
Initial release1992
Current release2016 (16.0.4229.1024), September 2015
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercial infoBundled with Microsoft Office
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceno
Implementation languageC++
Server operating systemsWindows infoNot a real database server, but making use of DLLs
Data schemeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyes
Secondary indexesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infobut not compliant to any SQL standard
APIs and other access methodsDAO
OLE DB
ADO.NET
ODBC
Supported programming languagesC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Triggersyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID infobut no files for transaction logging
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyes infobut no files for transaction logging
User concepts infoAccess controlno infoa simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003

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