Data Access for ISAM User Manual - Preface

About this manual

This manual is intended for use by anyone who wants to access ISAM application data, stored on a Windows or Unix machine, from an ODBC-compliant application.

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Intended Audience

The sections written for the Microsoft Windows platforms require some familiarity with the use of buttons, menus, icons and text boxes. If you have any experience of Apple Macintosh computers, Microsoft Windows or the X Window System, you will have no difficulty with these sections.

The Unix-based sections require that you are experienced at using a Unix shell, and can perform basic functions like editing a file. More complex activities are detailed more clearly and do not require any knowledge of specialist Unix shells.

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Contents

Introduces Easysoft Data Access for ISAM.

Explains the procedure for installing Easysoft Data Access for ISAM on Windows and Unix.

Explains how to query and set up your own data sources.

Describes the administration of your data source, creating and granting user permissions via the Web Administrator.

Explains how to set up client machines to connect to ISAM data on the server.

Demonstrates how to connect to local ISAM application data from an ODBC-compliant application.

Comprising a Technical Reference and a Glossary.

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Throughout this manual, Windows refers generically to Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, XP, ME or 2003 Server, which are trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. The X Window system is specifically excluded from this and is referred to as The X Window Systemor just X.

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Easysoft and Easysoft Data Access are trademarks of Easysoft Limited.