Deploying BDE Applications
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Warning: The Borland Database Engine (BDE) has been deprecated, so BDE will not be enhanced. For instance, BDE will never have Unicode support. You should not undertake new development with BDE. Consider migrating your existing database applications from BDE to dbExpress. For information about migrating from BDE to dbExpress, see http://www.embarcadero.com/rad-in-action/migration-upgrade-center.
The Borland Database Engine (BDE) defines a large API for interacting with databases. Of all the data access mechanisms, the BDE supports the broadest range of functions and comes with the most supporting utilities. It is the best way to work with data in Paradox or dBASE tables.
Database access for an application is provided by various database engines. An application can use the BDE or a third-party database engine. BDE describes installation of the database access elements of an application.