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Database API Choices

Database API Choices

What choices do I have for simple access to my database... something that is quick, easy and the same.

Old Stuff

The Borland Database Engine (BDE) is really quite nice as it was integrated into the Delphi programming language / IDE and C++Builder both of which have a place in my heart as I used them a lot in the past.

Newer Stuff

ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) is a technology introduced in 1992, the history is interesting and worth a read if you have a little time.

C++ / C / Tcl / Java

The SQLite3 Examples in Tcl are really cute and I find myself wanting to learn Tcl... unfortunately that is not an option and I am limited to C and/or C++.

Simple C++ Database API

I quite like the interface, seems familiar but perhaps a little verbose.


Very simple and quick API, like the API used in Delphi and C++Builder. Uses CMake and is quite large... I just want a nice, simple, wrapper around the C API.


Nice and small. Great example... could this be the one?


Quite Big, uses Boost (fine but again, big). Not so sure I like the API... does not have a pleasing aesthetic.

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