You can access Mimer SQL using the following native database application interfaces:
- Mimer BSQL
- Embedded SQL (ESQL)
ESQL is used through a host programming language (C/C++, COBOL or FORTRAN as available on the host computer). SQL statements are included as part of the source code for an application program, which is compiled and linked with the appropriate language-specific facilities. The SQL statements are executed in the context of the application program.
In addition, Mimer SQL supports other interfaces such as PHP and ADO. Please see
http://developer.mimer.com/interfaces for details.
Application developers using this manual are assumed to have a working acquaintance with the principles of the relational database model in general and of Mimer SQL in particular.
It is also assumed that programmers writing ESQL applications are familiar with the principles of the SQL database management language.
Knowledge of Mimer SQL is of course an advantage, although experience with other standard-compliant SQL implementations will suffice. Experience of Mimer SQL is best gained through interactive use of the BSQL facility, see the Mimer SQL User's Manual, Mimer BSQL.
Competence in at least one of the host programming languages supporting embedded Mimer SQL (i.e. C/C++, COBOL or FORTRAN) is assumed.
Related Mimer SQL Publications
- Mimer SQL Engine Reference Manual
- Mimer SQL Engine User's Manual
contains a description of the BSQL facilities. A user-oriented guide to the SQL statements is also included, which may provide help for less experienced users in formulating statements correctly (particularly the SELECT statement, which can be quite complex).
- Mimer SQL Engine System Management Handbook
The information in this manual is used primarily by the system administrator, and is not required by application program developers. The SQL statements that are part of the System Management API are described in the Mimer SQL Engine Reference Manual.
- Mimer SQL Platform-specific documents
- Mimer SQL Engine Release Notes
- Mimer JDBC Driver Guide
Suggestions for Further Reading
We can recommend the many works of C. J. Date. His insight into the potential and limitations of SQL, coupled with his pedagogical talents, make his books invaluable sources of study material in the field of SQL theory and usage. In particular, we can mention:
A Guide to the SQL Standard (Fourth Edition, 1997). ISBN: 0-201-96426-0. This work contains much constructive criticism and discussion of the SQL standard, including SQL99.
SQL: 1999 - Understanding Relational Language Concepts, by Jim Melton, Alan R. Simon, and Jim Gray. ISBN: 1-55860-456-1. Explains SQL-99.
Advanced SQL: 1999 - Understanding Object-Relational and Other Advanced Features, by Jim Melton. ISBN: 1-55860-677-7. In-depth guide to SQL-99's practical application.
JDBC information can be found on the internet at: http://java.sun.com/products/jdbc
For information on specific JDBC methods, please see the online documentation for the java.sql package. This documentation is normally included in the Java development environment.
JDBC API Tutorial and Reference, 2nd edition. ISBN: 0-201-43328-1. A useful book published by JavaSoft.
Microsoft ODBC 3.0 Programmer's Reference and SDK Guide for Microsoft Windows and Windows NT. ISBN: 1-57231-516-4. This manual contains information about the Microsoft Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) interface, including a complete API reference.
Official documentation of the accepted SQL standards may be found in:
ISO/IEC 9075:1999(E) Information technology - Database languages - SQL. This document contains the standard referred to as SQL99.
ISO/IEC 9075:1992(E) Information technology - Database languages - SQL. This document contains the standard referred to as SQL92.
ISO/IEC 9075-4:1996(E) Database Language SQL - Part 4: Persistent Stored Modules (SQL/PSM). This document contains the standard which specifies the syntax and semantics of a database language for managing and using persistent routines.
CAE Specification, Data Management: Structured Query Language (SQL), Version 2.
X/Open document number: C449. ISBN: 1-85912-151-9. This document contains the
X/Open-95 SQL specification.
Definitions, Terms and Trademarks
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