Gupta Upgrades SQLBase

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-08-26 Print this article Print

Upgrade promises to simplify application deployment and run at far greater speeds.

Gupta Technologies LLC is prepping a version of its embedded database, SQLBase, that promises to simplify application deployment and run at far greater speeds. To achieve that simplification, SQLBase 8.5 will allow multiple servers to run in isolation on a single machine—a feature that will be important for VARs and ISVs, according to Gupta officials in Redwood Shores, Calif. As it now stands, problems arise when SQLBase customers have more than one instance of the database running—for example, if one department were using it for a payroll application while another used it for a shipping application. Such a setup can cause problems with data processing and with DLLs.
SQLBase 8.5 is designed to avoid such problems by giving programmers control over what paths lead to information such as DLL files or configuration data.
SQLBase 8.5 also supports ANSI Join syntax, including multiple outer joins. Multiple outer join enables queries to extract data from a number of tables. An example of where this would come in handy is if a query requested data for an employee who is both part of a given department and also a member of a sales staff—a total of three table sources, including employee information, department information and sales staff information. The capability to do multiple outer joins is common to major enterprise databases, but less so in low-end databases such as SQLBase—which means SQLBase is reaching up to where the big boys are, said Charles McLouth, product manager for SQLBase. The upgrade also promises performance thats 40 percent faster, on average, and can reach 125 percent faster speeds, officials said. SQLBase 8.5 will be generally available on Sept. 8. The price is $495 per user. SQLBase Developers Edition costs $29.95. That cost covers only development, not deployment.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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