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ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)

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ODBC is a database connectivity architecture that provides a way for clients to access a variety of heterogeneous databases. The latest version, ODBC 3.0, is based on the CLI (Call-Level Interface) specifications from X/Open and ISO/IEC for database APIs. ODBC uses a single programming interface that is open and not tied to any vendor's database. Microsoft developed ODBC and has continued to develop it as a standard.

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