Chapter 12. Using PostgreSQL from an ODBC Client Application

ODBC (open database connectivity) is an API (application programming interface) that provides an application with a consistent database interface. To understand the architecture of ODBC, it helps to understand the problem that ODBC was designed to solve.

Let's say that you are an independent software vendor and you have just finished developing an accounting package that you intend to sell to as many users as possible. Your accounting application was designed to store its data in Sybase. Your original application uses the Sybase OpenClient interface to interact with the database. One day, a potential customer tells you that he is very interested in buying your application, but his corporate ...

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