An Application Program ("Application" or "App") is a program that applies the computer to solving some real-world problem. In ODBC terms, it is the program connecting to the data source.
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The name given to the architecture whereby one process (the server) keeps track of global data, and another task (the client) is responsible for formatting and presenting the data. The client requests queries or actions be performed on the data by the server. Often these processes run on different hosts across a local-area network.
ODBC driver managers accept a connection string when a client connects. Ideally it contains all necessary attribute values to make the connection to a data source, but provision is made for the driver to negotiate with the application or the user for any missing information.
Dynamic Link Library. Windows' mechanism for shared object code. See also Shared Object.
See ODBC driver.
Software whose main function is to load ODBC drivers. ODBC applications connect to the Driver Manager and request a DSN. The Driver Manager loads the driver specified in the DSN's configuration file. In Windows, the ODBC Data Source Administrator is used to set up the Driver Manager.
Data Source Name. This is a name associated with an ODBC data source. Driver Managers, such as unixODBC or the Microsoft Windows Driver Manager, use the Data Source Name to cross-reference configuration information and load the required driver.
A placeholder for a single datum in a record, for example you can have a Surname field in a Contact Details record. Called a cell in Microsoft Access.
ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity)
A standard API for connecting application programs to relational database systems through a suitable driver. ODBC is available on a wide number of platforms and the Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge allows the database and the application to reside on different machines across the network.
Software that accesses a proprietary data source, providing a standardized view of the data to ODBC.
The term platform normally covers the hardware and operating system as a unit. For example; a PC running Microsoft Windows, a PC running BSD Unix, and a Sun running Solaris are three different platforms.
A process performing the centralized component of some task, for example extracting information from a corporate database. See Client/Server.
For example, the following table has two columns (vendor and name) and two rows (one for the Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge and the other for MySoft's ODBC client software) :
|Easysoft||Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge|
|MySoft||My ODBC Client Application|
The OOB Server under Windows runs a simple web server which can be used to display and amend certain server statistics and parameters.
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