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Chapter 25. Creating Access Data Projects > Understanding the Role of MSDE

Understanding the Role of MSDE

Microsoft's announcement in mid-1995 that Access 2000 would include an "alternate database" led to a flurry of "Jet is dead" pronouncements in the computer press. These stories gained credence when members of the SQL Server 7.0 team described their forthcoming product as "Microsoft's strategic database direction." The reality is that Jet obituaries are very premature. Jet plays a major role in more than 25 Microsoft products, and variants of the Jet database engine serve as the message store for Microsoft Exchange and the in- memory database of SQL Server 7.0. Jet is likely to be alive and well, at least through the first few years of the next century.

Regardless of Jet's survival in the twenty-first century, there's a definite trend toward the use of client/server back ends when database reliability is the primary objective. Web-based e-commerce requires client/server back ends for security and scalability. Thus ADP, MSDE, and SQL Server 7.0 will play an increasingly important role as even small firms migrate to Microsoft Small Business Server or BackOffice Server to host intranet and Internet applications.


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