Microsoft to Focus on Open Database Connectivity for SQL Server

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted September 7, 2011

Microsoft announced that it will focus on supporting the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) approach for SQL Server application programming interfaces (APIs). As reported on Redmond Mag, there will be a seven-year phase-out period for OLE DB, corresponding with the lifecycle support period of SQL Server code-named 'Denali,' after that product launches.

"'OLE DB will be supported for 7 years from launch, the life of SQL Server Code Name 'Denali' support, to allow you a large window of opportunity for change before deprecation,' Microsoft announced in a blog post. 'We encourage you to adopt ODBC in any future version or new application development.'

"Ironically, Microsoft is accepting that the ODBC open standard it developed with Simba Technologies in 1992 has become the widely accepted standard for database APIs. ODBC has eclipsed Microsoft's other attempts to improve on the standard with its OLE DB, and possibly with its ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), at least according Simba's history of ODBC."

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