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May 11, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Most of the things that people are really looking for seem to be designed by companies no-one but their mothers have ever heard of, and so it is that according to Microbytes, Delphic Systems Inc of Belmont, California is the onlie begetter of a set of tools that it says will enable software developers to create query interfaces to any relational or hierarchical database system regardless of the structure: the company says that with Pantheon, a user could use the same commands to query both dBase III and Oracle files without having to know where the data is coming from or anything about the query languages of either database; the company acknowledges that Structured Query Language may become the eventual standard (isn’t it already?) but says points out that SQL does not help those with existing databases in other formats – and anyway there are several incompatible versions of SQL; written in Lisp, the Pantheon developers’ toolkit runs under MS-DOS, needs 1Mb of extended memory and costs $5,000 with run-time systems $500.

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