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From Fernando Cassia <>
Subject Re: questions about Base---do we need an embedded DB?
Date Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:35:31 GMT
On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM, Rob Weir <> wrote:

> My ordered preference would be 1, 3

yeah, great *sarcasm*, let's add another bullet point to a microsoft
presentation titled 'how Microsoft Office is better than".... OO.o lacks database? check!"

My opinion is that maybe Sun put HSQLDB in there to fill in the need for a
resident database engine, which in the commercial offering (StarOffice) was
filled by Adabas D.

One can still read the positive reviews of StarOffice where the database
module is praised:

* StarOffice Adabas (database application) is included (getting MS Access
requires buying MS Office Pro) and is easier to use than MS Access. Adabas
integrates with other StarOffice apps so, for instance, users can easily
create mail merge documents.

So, if HSQLDB is not up to par, maybe the realistic solution is to find a
database engine lightweight and powerful enough to take the role that
Adabas D had in StarOffice?.

PS: I read this whole thread as 'we don't want to maintain this code, since
we don't understand it, and we fear it's buggy'. But the solution in any
case is replacing the database module for another, or improving the
existing code, not making excuses for saying 'people don't use databases
after all so it should be gone'.

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