What Is ODBC? - File Maker

ODBC stands for Open Database Connectivity. It was originally developed by the SQL Access Group and first released in 1992. It’s basically a widely accepted way (an application programming interface or API) for database systems to communicate with each other, though they may use many different proprietary native languages. It’s the Babel fish (a la The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) or Rosetta stone, if you will, of database systems, allowing one system to communicate with another.

All you need to know is how to set up your ODBC drivers and some basic SQL (Structured Query Language) commands that compatible database systems will recognize. You’ll use these SQL commands to select and modify data. And you can be up and running using ODBC with FileMaker Pro in almost no time at all.

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