Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge User's Guide - Preface

About this manual

This manual is intended to cover the full range of requirements for anyone wishing to install, use, or configure the Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge (OOB). Supplementary information is provided for those wishing to build ODBC applications that link through a driver manager, but please note that this manual is not an ODBC programming manual.

Chapter Guide

Intended Audience

Sections written for the Microsoft Windows platforms require some familiarity with the use of buttons, menus, icons and text boxes, but should present no difficulties if you have any experience of Apple Macintosh computers, Microsoft Windows or the X Window System.

The Unix-based sections require experience of using a Unix shell and basic functions like editing a file. More complex activities are detailed more clearly, but it helps to understand how your system handles dynamic linking of shared objects.


Several technical documents are installed in addition to this manual, including a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ.txt), installation, configuration and interfacing information. These are located in <InstallDir>/easysoft/oob/doc under Unix and <InstallDir>\Docs under Windows. Various tutorials are installed in subdirectories of this directory. For example, there's a subdirectory containing Perl tutorials. Please check all documentation thoroughly before contacting Easysoft with a query.

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An overview of the ODBC architecture and what the Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge brings to it.

A step-by-step guide to installing the software.

Explains the connection process and shows how to set up an ODBC connection across the network.

Describes the configuration options for the server in Windows and Unix, and the server configurable parameters.

Provides information about third-party programming languages, tools and applications that can be integrated with the Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge.

The Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge provides a suite of performance management reports and statistics that allow you to monitor and manage your system.

Comprising a Technical Reference and Glossary.


Throughout this manual, Windows refers generically to Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 2012 R2, 10, 2016, 2019 or 2022, 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.

Note also that although the name UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group, the term has come to encompass a whole range of UNIX-like operating systems, including the free, public Linux and even the proprietary Solaris. Easysoft use Unix (note the case) as a general term covering the wide range of Open and proprietary operating systems commonly understood to be Unix `flavors'.

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