Advantage Database Server

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Advantage Database Server
Developer(s) Sybase
Initial release August, 1993 (1993-08-18)
Written in C, C++
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English

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".[1] Advantage Database Server is most popular among application developers as a client/server backend for shared, networked, standalone, mobile and Internet database applications. ADS provides both ISAM table-based and SQL based data access.[2]

Features include:

  • Replication
  • Online Backup
  • ISAM access (Navigational Access)
  • SQL-92 compliant
  • SQL Query Optimizer
  • User Defined Functions
  • Triggers
  • Stored Procedures
  • Views
  • Server Side Aliases
  • Encrypted indexes and communications
  • DBF tables and memos greater than 4 gigabytes
  • Transactions
  • Events / Notifications
  • 64-bit support
  • Full Text Search
  • Multiple Processor support
  • Small footprint
  • Odata Web Service
  • Native DBF data format support
  • Unicode Support

Programming Languages[edit]


  • 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.[3]
  • 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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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

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