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1.2 Definitions and Abbreviations


Definition
Description
ODBC Data Source
The database that the user wants to access and its associated operating system, DBMS and network protocol (if any).
ODBC Driver
A routine library where the database specific ODBC functions are implemented. Drivers are specific to a single DBMS.
ODBC Driver Manager
A routine library that manages access to drivers for the application. The Driver Manager loads and unloads drivers and passes calls to ODBC functions to the correct driver.

Abbreviation
Short for
Description
API
Application Programming Interface
A documented set of general routines designed for some limited area of use.
ODBC
Open Database Connectivity
Microsoft's specification for an API that defines a standard set of routines with which an application can access data in a data source.
SQL
Structured Query Language
Query and management language for relational databases.



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