What is Borland Database Engine?
Borland Database Engine (BDE) is a Windows-based database engine and connectivity software for applications such as Visual dBASE for Windows, Paradox for Windows, IntraBuilder, Borland Delphi and C ++ Builder. Its database drivers provide access to several standard data sources. The Borland Database Engine is object-oriented. To connect to various data sources, BDE provides a low-level API called the BDE API. BDE also offers the possibility of querying the data in the tables and the database with its own query language.
The Borland Database Engine supports both standard database drivers and ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) application programming interfaces (APIs) for connecting to several standard data sources such as Paradox, Access, dBASE, FoxPro and text databases. In addition, BDE users can use Borland's SQL shortcuts to link to multiple database management systems such as Sybase, Oracle, Informix, DB2 and Interbase.
BDE provides an executable file called BDEADMIN.EXE that can be used to perform all administrator-related configurations on BDE. BDE provides Local SQL that allows the user to query standard database tables that are not available on the database servers. Local SQL can also be used to query multiple tables on remote SQL servers.