Database recommendations for Windows app

Dan dan at
Wed Jun 22 18:55:00 CEST 2005

On 6/22/2005 11:38 AM, Thomas Bartkus wrote:
> Will McGugan" <news at> wrote in message
> news:42b97240$0$24467$da0feed9 at
>>I'd like to write a windows app that accesses a locally stored database.
>>There are a number of tables, the largest of which has 455,905 records.
>>Can anyone recommend a database that runs on Windows, is fast /
>>efficient and can be shipped without restrictions or extra downloads?
>>I have googled and found plenty of information on databases, its just
>>that I dont have enough experience with databases to know which one is
>>best for my task!
> If you are writing strictly for the MS Windows platform
>    And
> If the database is running single user with a "locally stored database" on a
> Windows workstation.
>    Then
> The MS Access file based (.mdb) system is hard to argue with.
> You wouldn't have to distribute the (rather expensive) Access application
> since this is little more than a front for the underlying DAO/ADO database
> libraries that are built into the warp and woof of MS Windows.  Your Python
> application can address the DAO or ADO directly as these will libraries will
> be pre-installed and/or freely available for MS Windows.  Fast, freely
> available, no license restrictions, and no need for extra downloads for a
> reasonably recent (Win2000, XP) operating system.

And then XP Autoupdate executes, some of those Access/MSDE libraries are 
updated, and you app is broken.

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