Nowhere in the computing world do acronyms fly so thick and so fast as with databases (GBFLAs stands for Great Big Five-Letter Acronyms). Microsoft has produced a bewildering array of data-access APIs over the years. For most applications, these will be the primary means of getting at your data. We’ll run through the common ones and try to put them in context. If you are an experienced Windows database developer, you may wish to skip ahead to the section, Getting at Your Data, later in this chapter.