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System Properties Comparison Microsoft Access vs. SQLite vs. SWC-DB

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NameMicrosoft Access  Xexclude from comparisonSQLite  Xexclude from comparisonSWC-DB infoSuper Wide Column Database  Xexclude from comparison
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.)Widely used embeddable, in-process RDBMSA high performance, scalable Wide Column DBMS
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMSWide column store
Secondary database modelsTime Series DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score105.40
Rank#11  Overall
#8  Relational DBMS
Score116.01
Rank#10  Overall
#7  Relational DBMS
Score0.01
Rank#387  Overall
#13  Wide column stores
Websitewww.microsoft.com/­en-us/­microsoft-365/­accesswww.sqlite.orggithub.com/­kashirin-alex/­swc-db
www.swcdb.org
Technical documentationdeveloper.microsoft.com/­en-us/­accesswww.sqlite.org/­docs.html
DeveloperMicrosoftDwayne Richard HippAlex Kashirin
Initial release199220002020
Current release1902 (16.0.11328.20222), March 20193.45.2  (12 March 2024), March 20240.5, April 2021
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercial infoBundled with Microsoft OfficeOpen Source infoPublic DomainOpen Source infoGPL V3
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageC++CC++
Server operating systemsWindows infoNot a real database server, but making use of DLLsserver-lessLinux
Data schemeyesyes infodynamic column typesschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes infonot rigid because of 'dynamic typing' concept.
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.nono
Secondary indexesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infobut not compliant to any SQL standardyes infoSQL-92 is not fully supportedSQL-like query language
APIs and other access methodsADO.NET
DAO
ODBC
OLE DB
ADO.NET infoinofficial driver
JDBC infoinofficial driver
ODBC infoinofficial driver
Proprietary protocol
Thrift
Supported programming languagesC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
Actionscript
Ada
Basic
C
C#
C++
D
Delphi
Forth
Fortran
Haskell
Java
JavaScript
Lisp
Lua
MatLab
Objective-C
OCaml
Perl
PHP
PL/SQL
Python
R
Ruby
Scala
Scheme
Smalltalk
Tcl
C++
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-enginenono
Triggersyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engineyesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnonenoneSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnonenone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID infobut no files for transaction loggingACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes infovia file-system locksyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyes infobut no files for transaction loggingyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.yesno
User concepts infoAccess controlno infoa simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003no

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