Advantage Database Server
|Initial release||August, 1993|
|Written in||C, C++|
Advantage Database Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) for small to medium-sized businesses by SAP_SE (formerly Sybase iAnywhere, formerly Extended Systems). Database author Cary Jensen describes Advantage as follows: "Advantage has been around since 1993, when it was introduced to provide a stable solution for Clipper developers who were tired of slow performance and corrupt indexes inherent to file server-based databases. Over the years, ADS has grown in both popularity and features. Advantage is now a mature product with an impressive collection of features that rival many of the more expensive and complicated database servers".
“In short, the Advantage Database Server is a high-performance, low-maintenance, remote database server that permits you to easily build and deploy client/server applications and web-based applications”.
Advantage Database Server is most popular among application developers as a client/server backend solution for shared, networked, standalone, mobile and Internet database applications. ADS is unique among other database offerings because it provides both ISAM table-based and SQL based data access.
- Online Backup
- ISAM access (Navigational Access)
- SQL-92 compliant
- SQL Query Optimizer
- User Defined Functions
- Stored Procedures
- Server Side Aliases
- Encrypted indexes and communications
- DBF tables and memos greater than 4 gigabytes
- Events / Notifications
- 64-bit support
- Full Text Search
- Multiple Processor support
- Small footprint
- Odata Web Service
- Native DBF data format support
- Unicode Support
- Popular development environments including Embarcadero Delphi, CodeGear C++Builder, Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual C++, CA-Visual Objects, CA-Clipper, Uniface and Microsoft Visual FoxPro.
- Supports standard interfaces such as ODBC, OLE DB, JDBC, PHP, and ADO.NET.
- August 1993 – Initially released as Advantage xBase server by Extended Systems.
- December 1995 – version 4.0 release, now called Advantage Database Server. This release included the first ODBC driver.
- February 1997 – Advantage Internet Server released.
- April 2000 – Advantage ODBC driver with StreamlineSQL released.
- November 2005 – Advantage Database Server: The Official Guide published.
- November 2005 – Extended Systems acquired by Sybase, rolled in to iAnywhere Solutions subsidiary.
- November 2008 – Advantage Database Server 9.1.
- June 2010 – Advantage Database Server 10.0
- December 2010 - Advantage Database Server 10.1
- July 2012 – Advantage Database Server 11.0
- October 2015 – Advantage Database Server 12.0 (acquired by SAP)
- Cary Jensen, Ph.D.Loy Anderson, Ph.D, Advantage Database Server: A Developer's Guide, February 5, 2007, 616 pages, AuthorHouse, 978-1425-7726-9
- Cary Jensen, Ph.D.Loy Anderson, Ph.D, Advantage Database Server: A Developer's Guide, February 5, 2007, page 7, AuthorHouse, 978-1425-7726-9
- Cary Jensen, Ph.D.Loy Anderson, Ph.D, Advantage Database Server: The Official Guide, October 29, 2003, 496 pages, McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, 0-07-223084-1