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From: james:mustard at: 2-Nov-2001 9:37

> MS-Access is crap :-)
Not so - for its intended purpose there is nothing as rapid that I have found on the market and thats in 8 years of database development. Sure its sucks in a few areas but I have yet to see a better IDE for a database system. Have you seen Access XP?
> There is few tools/viewers to work with .dbf, very advanced ones. .DBF > is however supported also by Excel, and natively supported by languages > as Delphi, VO, Clipper, FoxPro, VB (IIRC, maybe indirectly), etc. >
VB Support for .pdf is third party only. ;-)
> However - once you want to get to shared dbase app, better forget data > integrity and speed. You will be probably better with some free or not > so expensive SQL solutions - mySQL (lacking transactions, and so not > suitable for us), or PostGres SQL. >
MySQL since version 3.23 has supported transactions if you use the InnoDB table format. Transaction support is guarenteed from mySQL 4.0 up (still in alpha) Regards, James