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System Properties Comparison dBASE vs. Microsoft Access vs. OmniSci

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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.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 high performance, in-memory, column-oriented RDBMS, designed to run on GPUs
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
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Score15.43
Rank#38  Overall
#23  Relational DBMS
Score118.25
Rank#11  Overall
#7  Relational DBMS
Score2.23
Rank#123  Overall
#61  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.dbase.comwww.microsoft.com/­en-us/­microsoft-365/­accesswww.omnisci.com
Technical documentationwww.dbase.com/­support/­knowledgebasedeveloper.microsoft.com/­en-us/­accessdocs.omnisci.com
DeveloperAsthon TateMicrosoftMapD Technologies, Inc.
Initial release197919922016
Current releasedBASE 2019, 20191902 (16.0.11328.20222), March 2019V4
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial infoBundled with Microsoft OfficeOpen Source infoApache Version 2; enterprise edition available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageC++C++ and CUDA
Server operating systemsDOS infodBase Classic
Windows infodBase Pro
Windows infoNot a real database server, but making use of DLLsLinux
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.no
Secondary indexesyesyesno
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoyes infobut not compliant to any SQL standardyes
APIs and other access methodsnone infoThe IDE can access other DBMS or ODBC-sources.ADO.NET
DAO
ODBC
OLE DB
JDBC
ODBC
Thrift
Supported programming languagesdBase proprietary IDEC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
All languages supporting JDBC/ODBC/Thrift
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresno infoThe IDE can access stored procedures in other database systems.yes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engineno
Triggersnoyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engineno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnonenoneSharding infoRound robin
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnonenoneMulti-source 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 integrityyesyesno
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 DBMSACID 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.yes
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and rolesno infoa simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003fine grained access rights according to SQL-standard

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