Easysoft ODBC-Firebird Driver User Guide - Preface
About this manual
This manual is intended for use by anyone who wants to access Firebird application data, stored on a Windows or Unix machine, from an ODBC-compliant application.
The sections written for the Microsoft Windows platforms require some familiarity with the use of buttons, menus, icons and text boxes. If you have any experience of Apple Macintosh computers, Microsoft Windows or the X Window System, you will have no difficulty with these sections.
The Unix-based sections require that you are experienced at using a Unix shell, and can perform basic functions like editing a file. More complex activities are detailed more clearly and do not require any knowledge of specialist Unix shells.
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An overview of ODBC and the Easysoft ODBC-Firebird Driver.
A step-by-step guide to installing the Easysoft ODBC-Firebird Driver.
Explains how to set up and manage user access to client data sources.
Comprising a Technical Reference and a Glossary.
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