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comparison between Pardox and Access

comparison between Pardox and Access in Paradox Setup, Vista, etc. topic (part of our Corel Paradox / ObjectPAL Coding group).

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Ted Pastuszak
Woodbridge, NJ, USA

I've been using Paradox from V4.0 through V9, relying on Mike Prestwood's books to get excellent results.
The pressure is on to convert or adopt to Access for future database/progamming, but I was always under the impression that Paradox was more stable, and overall a better product. If this is true, is there any chart or table available that compares the two, or at least some indication as to Paradox's strong points in relation to Access? This is a bit urgent, Thank you!

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Mike Prestwood
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Here's my two cents.

Conceptually, I like to separate the front-end (Paradox, Access, Delphi, Visual Basic, etc.) from the data storage (Access, Paradox, MS-SQL, Oracle). A well written application to either a local file based database or to an SQL server will perform very well. I personally prefer Paradox .db tables for local file based storage, but keep in mind that local file based databases like Paradox .db, Access .MDB, dBASE .dbf, etc. all are limited with respect to how much data AND how many users AND how many transactions they can handle. In addition to learning and using a really good local database like Access .MDB and Paradox .DB, I'd recommend learning and using one SQL server. As far as SQL servers go, I like to work with Oracle, MS-SQL, and Interbase myself.

Here are some general rules of thumb I use to guage when to move to an SQL server.

I start thinking about migrating when I get to the following limits. I don't necessarily migrate at this time, but I do start planning.

  • Size - When my database gets to over 100 MB of data or 500,000 rows of data.
  • Users - When the number of users gets above 15 to 20 "simultaneous" users.

  • Transactions - When the number of writes (not reads) exceeds 50 per minute.

These are just guidelines not absolutes. Obviously a well written application that uses a Paradox or Access database will perform well beyond the limitations listed here. However, both the amount of work a programmer must do and that programmer's amount of talent (experience) rises with these limits.

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Yep, same old story. If it's not that, it's trying to convince people that Delphi is the premier Windows programming language, with all the ease of programming of VB, but all the power and flexibility of C++. But I digress.

If you need as much "ammunition" as possible as soon as possible, I would say go to
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Don't neglect to require those applying the 'pressure' to provide their own chart showing, point by point, why Access is better than Paradox.

A point just occurred to me: Can Access be scaled up to two-tier (aka client/server)? That is, can Access forms and reports be re-attached to a standard SQL data server? Paradox does this nicely.


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Fred Daniel
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I have been fighting that same battle over Paradox or Access. We were using Access files to store data for our sales department but found that Access has a solid limit to the amount of data that can be stores in a table. Get around the 1 gig point and it falls apart. It also lacks flexability in large scale programs.
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1. The Future of Paradox Blog

If you have an existing Paradox system you can keep using it but you'll need to skip the Vista operating system and either stick with Windows XP or move to Windows 7. Because better tools exist, you may very well want to put a plan together now for converting to another development tool or at least understand what the future is likely to hold. If you're a power-user or researcher working with data, stick with Paradox.

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