Borland Database Engine & mdash; is a set of libraries that allows you to work with Paradox, dBASE, FoxPro, MS Access databases from programs created in Delphi, C++ Builder and other Borland products. In addition, it is possible to access SQL through the built-in SQL Links driver, and to access Microsoft Access and similar databases, it is possible to connect external ODBC drivers.
If we describe the BDE work in simple language, we can say that it acts as an intermediary between the program and the database, sending the last commands to extract or change the data and returning the result to the program. In addition to the main set of libraries that include libraries for processing queries, sorting and translating data, the set includes several utilities: for connecting and configuring databases & mdash; BDE Administrator and Data Pump utility that serves for transferring information between databases.
The development of the system ended in 1999, and in 2002 Borland company completely stopped supporting and further using Borland Database Engine, that's why it will not work in most modern systems (especially in 64-bit Windows).