Database update

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-09-27 Print this article Print

In previous versions of StarOffice, the suites constituent applications featured fairly good database integration options and came bundled with the back-end database component Adabas D. However, the suite lacked an approachable front end that would provide easy access and the ability to organize these capabilities. New in StarOffice 8 is such a database front end, called Base, with which we could link up to a range of existing data sources, including dBASE, Access, MySQL, LDAP, Mozilla, Thunderbird, Outlook and Windows, as well as to data sources accessible through ODBC or JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) drivers.
StarOffice still comes with the Adabas D database, but the suites chief native data source option is now the Java-based HSQLDB relational database engine. HSQLDB is open source, which means it will also ship with 2.0, whereas Adabas D did not. We found it fairly easy to build data stores using Base, which offers wizards for speeding the creation of database tables, forms, queries and reports.
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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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