Get ready to build unixODBC with Vero on ISUG

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Jun 13, 2012

    This week we’re just finishing our page presentation layout of a great new piece from Sybase’s Paul Vero on building with unixODBC and it looks like it’s going to be a great piece.

    Paul has been writing extensively (to say the least) for ISUG in recent times and his “giving” attitude is clearly evidenced each time he puts pen to paper (well, finger to keyboard) to offer readers guidance and the benefit of his personal technology experiences.

    This month will be no exception when Paul digs into the reality of using UNIX ASE ODBC drivers and highlights the fact that the unixODBC Project’s goals have always been to to develop and promote unixODBC to be the definitive standard for ODBC on non-MS Windows platforms.

    ODBC defined

    ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) is covered extensively on the web and Paul quotes from the unixODBC website saying:

    “The use of the ODBC API, an open specification, provides application developers a consistent coding model to access data sources such as Sybase ASE.”

    Paul takes us through download instructions and onward into build and configuration so that the reader is fully armed to go out there and create their own unixODBC installations so that an ODBC environment can be established to start building and running ODBC applications. 

    unixODBC is of course an open source project that implements the ODBC API – the goals of the project include the chance to provide developers with the tools to port Windows ODBC applications to other platforms with the minimum of code changes – and, quite crucially, to maintain the project as a vendor neutral interface database SDK.

    Single biggest advantage of ODBC

    According to the ODBC website, the single biggest advantage of this technology is suggested to be dynamic data binding as this allows the user or the system administrator to easily configure an application to use any ODBC compliant data source. 

    Released: June 13, 2012, 5:48 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 3:48 pm
    Keywords: Developer News | Paul Vero




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