What is an embedded database?

A common question for a developer is how to store data. While file formats like INI files. XML, CSV etc provide a simple way to store data, they are often not secure enough or provide enough features for most applications. This is when a data store is required. One such option is an embedded database.

What is an embedded database?

An Embedded database is one that can be deployed inside or along side you application. They are called embedded as they can be silently deployed / installed to provide database support without the need of a separate admin intensive process.  Embedded databases should be fast, have a small foot print, provide admin free capabilities all at the same time as providing full features SQL capabilities. Unfortunately, not all embedded databases provide complete capabilities, InterBase however is very feature rich in all editions. For more about Embedded databases and the different types they come in, watch the short video below.

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