A High-Level View of the Apache Derby Database

Apache Derby is a relational database management system that is written in Java. Java and the open source movement go hand-in-hand. Java is an attractive language in which to write such software because its “write once, run anywhere” mantra allows for seamless portability. People that like Java will love Apache Derby because the engine is very portable: again, from Mac to mainframe, and all parts in between. For example, Apache Derby is heavily leveraged on mainframes for applications that require a lightweight meta-data storage engine.

The moment many application developers or project managers hear the word “database,” they start looking for a database administrator (DBA), and questions along the ...

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