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Byte.com: Why Isn't ODBC A Standard Feature Of Linux?

Nov 08, 1999, 17:44 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Udell)

"Years ago, Microsoft announced a strategy called Windows Open Services Architecture (WOSA). The crowning jewel of WOSA was and is Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), a model in which the Windows platform provides a general set of database-access services, and database vendors provide adaptors for their products. As a result, Windows applications can get out of the business of writing adaptors for data-sources, and can instead focus on doing something useful with the data that's accessible to them by way of the standard ODBC infrastructure."

"The same idea plays out elsewhere in Windows. There's unified access to printers, for example, and to modems. And Microsoft did a wonderful job of neutralizing the differences between the various network transport protocols. Windows networking services run identically over TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, and NetBEUI, because the platform abstracts the differences among these protocols in a neutral layer."

"Microsoft is just a marketing company," the Linux community likes to gloat. There's plenty of truth in that statement, but the real story is a lot more complex. When it comes to WOSA-style abstraction of core services, it's Microsoft that emerges as the innovator, and Unix/Linux as the foot-dragging Neanderthal."

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