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Last updated: 4 Oct 1998
This article assumes you are familiar with relational database terminology. If you are not, then all you need to know is that Approach is a database application!
Approach is a RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) or 'client-side file server' application. It does not have a native database format but operates as a front end to many different data formats (dBase IV by default). It will also operate as a fully functioning front end/client to Client/Server database servers such as Oracle, including the ability to take advantage of Stored Procedures, Triggers, and the like. Approach is more relationally compliant than many other desktop RDBMS's in that it partially supports cascaded updates and deletes, as well as referential integrity constraints.