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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.)
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
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Score10.34
Rank#44  Overall
#28  Relational DBMS
Score104.92
Rank#11  Overall
#8  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.dbase.comwww.microsoft.com/­en-us/­microsoft-365/­access
Technical documentationwww.dbase.com/­support/­knowledgebasedeveloper.microsoft.com/­en-us/­access
DeveloperAsthon TateMicrosoft
Initial release19791992
Current releasedBASE 2019, 20191902 (16.0.11328.20222), March 2019
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial infoBundled with Microsoft Office
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenono
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Implementation languageC++
Server operating systemsDOS infodBase Classic
Windows infodBase Pro
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 SQLnoyes infobut not compliant to any SQL standard
APIs and other access methodsnone infoThe IDE can access other DBMS or ODBC-sources.ADO.NET
DAO
ODBC
OLE DB
Supported programming languagesdBase proprietary IDEC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresno infoThe IDE can access stored procedures in other database systems.yes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Triggersnoyes 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 nodesnonenone
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 datano infonot for dBase internal data, but IDE does support transactions when accessing external DBMSACID infobut no files for transaction logging
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes infobut no files for transaction logging
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and rolesno infoa simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003

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