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R.I.P. Borland Database Engine

posted Mar 28, 2010, 8:44 AM by Jeff Weir   [ updated Jun 8, 2010, 10:33 AM ]
It is with great pleasure that we announce the removal of the Borland Database Engine (BDE) from future versions of Dispatch. While it more than served it's purpose, the BDE was a nuisance for us to deploy.

Beginning with the soon to be released Dispatch 3.0, the BDE will no longer be required. So what does that mean to the end-user? Here's a short list:
  • Faster database access
  • Setup file will be smaller and faster to download
  • No separate BDE setup process
The technology which replaced the BDE is called dbExpress. dbExpress was first introduced in 2000 and now at version 4. dbExpress is a mature and stable technology and we are confident that there was no longer any excuse to carry on using the BDE.

If you are interested in in-depth technical details about the BDE and dbExpress, follow these links:

BDE Based Architecture
dbExpress Framework