Is it possible to connect to InterBase from a Delphi app without using the BDE?

By: Borland Staff

Abstract: Various options to connect to InterBase without using BDE

Problem:
For performance reasons, some customers would like to avoid using the BDE 
or ODBC to connect to InterBase from thier Delphi or C++Builder
apps. Is this possible?

Solution:
Yes, it is possible to program directly to the InterBase API using C or C++ 
(API = Application Program Interface) Please refer to the Programmer's Guide
in the InterBase documentation.

There are also two third-party libraries available for download from our website, 
that were designed for this purpose. 

Greg Deatz' FreeIBComponents ( http://www.interbase.com/download/components.html ) 
is a Delphi add-on which directly accesses the InterBase API. 

With Jason Wharton's IB Objects ( http://www.ibobjects.com/ ) 
"you can eliminate both the BDE and ODBC from your applications. Access will be 
direct to the InterBase API."

As of Delphi 5 and C++ Builder 5 you can also you InterBase Express (IBX).



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