Comparison of Middleware Products
Which product is right for you?
Minisoft provides a suite of products to allow cross
platform access to information. No one size fits all or
universal tool will permit the wide variety of applications
and environments our customers need. The ODBC and JDBC drivers
and the OLE DB data provider are standards based interfaces
to access your data.
All three products allow you read and write to TurboImage
and Eloquence as if they were like any other database. They
also support advanced features such as access to multiple
databases, KSAM, flat, and MPE files. The server can be
installed on MPE as well as many UNIX and Windows systems
supporting Eloquence®, flat files, or Robelle® SD
All Minisoft client server products can coexist on your
server. This will allow you to provide all the interfaces
needed by your developers or software suppliers without
concern for compatibility.
What is ODBC?
Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) is a standard or open
application programming interface (API) for accessing a
database. SQL statements will allow you to access files
in a number of different databases. This includes MS Access,
Excel, Impromptu, Lotus Approach, Visual Basic, Crystal
Reports, FrontPage, Cold Fusion, Speedware, Esperant, Brio,
Delphi, PowerBuilder, Active Server Pages, Business Objects,
.NET etc. In addition to the ODBC software that is built
into each compliant program, a separate module or driver
will be needed for each database you want to access.
ODBC is based on and closely associated with the Open
Group standard Structured Query Language (SQL) Call-Level
Interface. ODBC allows programs to use SQL requests that
will access databases without having to know the proprietary
interfaces to the databases. ODBC handles the SQL request
and converts it into a request the individual database system
What is JDBC?
Java Database Connectivity Driver (JDBC) is a standard
or open application programming interface (API) for accessing
a database from JAVA programs. The Minisoft JDBC driver
implements this API to give JAVA programs access to data
in TurboImage and Eloquence® databases, KSAM files, MPE
files, Self-describing files, and PowerHouse sub-files.
JDBC is based on and closely aligned with the Open Group
standard Structured Query Language (SQL) Call-Level Interface.
It allows programs to use SQL requests that will access
databases without having to know the proprietary interfaces
to the databases. The JDBC driver handles the SQL request
and converts it into a request the individual
database system understands.
What is OLE DB?
"OLE DB" opens the door to a rich set of development
tools and platforms for Microsoft Windows Servers. Microsoft
has announced that OLE DB will be the method by which all
information is accessed. The roadmap for future Microsoft
applications requires using OLE DB data sources to "provide
uniform access to data stored in diverse information sources".
The Minisoft OLE DB Provider provides that access to your
existing TurboImage and Eloquence databases.
Use the Minisoft OLE DB Provider for Image/Eloquence
to help solve the following problems:
- Transparent access to your Image/Eloquence data
from the 32-bit or 64-bit editions of SQL Server 2005.
- Integrate Image or Eloquence database access smoothly
into your .NET application development environment.
- Continue accessing Image or Eloquence data with
Microsoft Visual Studio, Borland development tools,
Microsoft Access (through VBA),Microsoft Excel, ActiveX
Scripts, Crystal Reports, Windows Scripting, IIS web
applications (ASP and ASP.NET) by using the Minisoft
OLE DB Provider.
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