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2 posts in General Discussion Last posting was on 2003-05-23 13:26:13.0Z
Steven Posted on 2003-05-22 14:09:02.0Z
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I just heard about Adabas database, do you have any information about
Adabas, specially comparing to ASA / ASE ?


Glenn Paulley Posted on 2003-05-23 13:26:13.0Z
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ADABAS, developed by Software AG in West Germany, first shipped in 1971
- see

ADABAS is now marketed as a relational database product, as it supports
SQL and the client interfaces we take for granted (JDBC, ODBC). However,
ADABAS's data storage mechanism was inverted lists, and I believe this
is still true; applications can still utilize the 30-year-old database
API to access the data, and can bypass SQL altogether.

When I first learned about ADABAS in the late 1970's ADABAS had a
stellar reputation for both performance and reliability. Its reputation
was further enhanced with the release of its 4GL language, NATURAL,
where one could easily code quite complex reports without the use of a
3GL programming language like C.

ADABAS has been out of the limelight for a number of years now (I note
that Software AG has re-positioned itself as an "XML Company"). However,
ADABAS continues to be supported and has some large customers (eg.
Philips NV of Holland).

I am unaware of any performance comparisons of ADABAS to any other DBMS.
For information on ADABAS features, try their website or contact a
Software AG representative.


Steven wrote:
> I just heard about Adabas database, do you have any information about
> Adabas, specially comparing to ASA / ASE ?
> Steven

Glenn Paulley
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