Language forks (was: Python tutorial/comparison for C++ programmer)
sholden at bellatlantic.net
Tue Mar 28 00:18:47 CEST 2000
Chris Ryland wrote:
> A cynical view of ODBC's appearance might be (I was there, indirectly) that
> Borland had already proposed a competing (and working) standard, and MS
> wanted to regain control of that situation.
> / Chris Ryland, President / Em Software, Inc. /
In many ways the Borland/IBM IDAPI interface promised better access
than ODBC. But it lost out because of the muscle that was lined up
behind ODBC. IDAPI allowed server-side as well as client-side
drivers, making multi-database joins easier than with ODBC. It also
had botha SQL *and* a row-based access method.
Sadly it was a victim of Borland's uncertainties, and as far as I know
nobody seriously supports it nowadays.
Pretty much like Sun's NeWS, which lost out big time to X Window just
because it was a proprietary Sun technology: effectiveness and suitability
just aren't selection criteria.
Hail to the pointy-haired people!
> "Steve Holden" <sholden at bellatlantic.net> wrote in message
> news:38DFA08C.4142A22 at bellatlantic.net...
> > In Microsoft's defense (what, me? this must be my good deed for
> > the week) we should remember that they DO have occasional good
> > ideas such as ODBC. I'm aware it has shortcomings, but it's
> > made multi-platform database systems a practical reality.
> > And, of course, mxODBC (among others) brings these benefits
> > to the Python world too.
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