About this Manual
This manual describes how to establish, manage and maintain a Mimer SQL database. It is a general handbook for system administrators, describing in detail the various areas of responsibility and procedures to use when administering a Mimer SQL database system.
The information contained in this handbook generally applies to all the platforms supported by Mimer SQL.
From time to time platform-specific notes appear in the general description, presented as follows:
There are also some appendices at the end of this handbook which contain information that applies to specific platforms.
There are no prerequisites for users of this manual. However, it is advisable for the reader to be familiar with, and have a working knowledge of, the host computer operating system.
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 Programmer's Manual
- Mimer SQL Platform-specific Documents
- Mimer SQL Engine Release Notes
Acronyms, Terms and Trademarks
API Application Programming Interface. BSQL Facility for using SQL interactively or by running a command file. Data source ODBC term for a database. Databank A databank corresponds to a physical file in the host file system and is used to store tables. A databank may contain several tables. Database A Mimer SQL database consists of the system databanks and a number of user databanks. Database home directory The directory where the system databank file containing the data dictionary and some other files that form part of the database are located. DCL Digital Command Language. Embedded SQL The term used for SQL statements when they are embedded in a traditional host programming language. JDBC Database connectivity for Java. MULTIDEFS A file, on UNIX and OpenVMS, containing parameters for controlling the database server for a Mimer SQL database. ODBC Open Database Connectivity, a specification for a database API in the C language, independent of any specific DBMS or operating system. PSM Persistent Stored Modules (i.e. Stored Procedures). Shadow A Mimer SQL databank may have one or more shadows. A shadow is a copy of the original (master) databank and is continuously updated by Mimer SQL. SQL Structured Query Language. SQLHOSTS A file, on UNIX and OpenVMS, containing lookup information for all Mimer SQL databases accessible from the current node. UNIX UNIX is a trademark registered by the Open Group. VMS VMS is a trademark registered by Hewlett-Packard. Windows Windows is a trademark registered by Microsoft.
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