1.2 Definitions and Abbreviations
ODBC Data Source
The database that the user wants to access and its associated operating system, DBMS and network protocol (if any).
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.
Application Programming Interface
A documented set of general routines designed for some limited area of use.
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.
Structured Query Language
Query and management language for relational databases.