Reference document

Org
Microsoft
Pubnum
MSDN-ODBCPR
Date
1996-10
Version
3.8
Title
Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) 3.8

Applicability

Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) is a widely accepted application programming interface (API) for database access. It is based on the Call-Level Interface (CLI) specifications from Open Group and ISO/IEC for database APIs and uses Structured Query Language (SQL) as its database access language. ODBC is designed for maximum interoperability - that is, the ability of a single application to access different database management systems (DBMSs) with the same source code. Database applications call functions in the ODBC interface, which are implemented in database-specific modules called drivers. The use of drivers isolates applications from database-specific calls in the same way that printer drivers isolate word processing programs from printer-specific commands. Because drivers are loaded at run time, a user only has to add a new driver to access a new DBMS; it is not necessary to recompile or relink the application.

Responsible Party

Name
NCIA/CES

Status

URI
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms714177.aspx

History

Flag Date RFC Version
added 1997-05-21 0.1
changed 2000-03-21 0.2
changed 2005-09-08 0.7
changed 2009-09-08 4.0
changed 2017-01-14 9-19 10.0
UUID
a47d2944-ac6c-4c15-9141-b116aeebcd58

Relationships

This standard is used by the following service profiles: