6. Original Documentation
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FrontBase is a high performance relational database engine conforming to the standards and demands of today's quality minded developers and users.
The engine is written in pure ANSI C and benefits from 15+ years of experience with compiler and run-time systems, embedded systems, object-oriented programming, database systems, and command-and-control systems.
Other platforms will follow in 1999
Mac OS X Server
YellowDog Linux (PPC)
RedHat 5.1 Linux (Intel)
SuSE 6.2 Linux (Intel)
Designed with forethought
FrontBase provides high performance and conformance to both international and de facto standards such as:SQL 92: FrontBase is the first industrial strength database engine in compliance with this important international standard. This includes full integrity constraint checking built right into the engine.
Unicode: FrontBase uses Unicode 2.0 exclusively for handling all CHARACTER data, while conserving space by using the UTF-8 standard for representation. This provides easy support for mixed client environments and their varying character sets.
Communication: FrontBase uses sockets for communicating with clients, making it easy for developers to support a wide variety of client platforms (MacOS, Windows 95/NT, Rhapsody).
Administration: FrontBase databases can be administrated from any computer on the internet - a normal Web browser is all that is needed.
The underlying truly relational oriented engine provides a solid foundation for dealing with databases very efficiently and without limitations:
- Stringent transaction control
- 100% resiliency against crashes
- Super-fast start-up times
- Tera-byte size databases
- Giga-byte size CHARACTER / VARCHAR strings and BLOBs
- Multi-column optimized B-tree indexing with very low overhead
- Host OS filesystem independency
- In-memory caching of tables
- Serializable isolation level with versioned reads
- Row-level locking facilities
- Read-only databases
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