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Part VII: Appendixes > The ODBC Driver

C.3. The ODBC Driver

An ODBC driver is a code component that implements the functions in the ODBC API. Each driver is specific to a particular database type. Drivers expose the capabilities of the underlying database management system (DBMS) but do not, in general, enhance its capabilities. The main exception is that drivers for DBMSs that do not have standalone database engines, as is the case with dBASE, Xbase, and ASCII text, for example, must implement a database engine that supports a minimal amount of SQL.

In particular, an ODBC driver must implement the following tasks (among others):


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