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WelcomeWelcome to the home of Xbase, the XBase compatible C++ class library formerly known as XDB, also formerly know as xBase :). Xbase (XDB) started out as merely a bugfix and enhancement of the xBase version 1.8.1 class library, but as of June 2000 Gary Kunkel (the original author of the xBase library), passed the "torch" on to us. At that time we decided to go ahead and continue using the XDB name, but now a large company (who shall remain unnamed) informed us that we can't use XDB for our library as they are using it for theirs. So we have now changed the name back to Xbase. Gary (the original author) still plans to be an active member of the development team (thank whichever god/God you deem necessary).
The original xBase website is still available here.
With the exception of these web pages, the project is being hosted by SourceForge at the XBase SourceForge Project Page.
What is it?Xbase is a collection of specifications, programs, utilities and a C++ class library for manipulating Xbase type datafiles and indices
What we have here is not only a C++ class library compatible with older .dbf, .ndx and .ntx files, and various utilities, but a viable database development environment for future projects requiring a lightweight database engine.
We define XBase here to mean any dBase, Clipper, FoxPro, etc. compatible database (including index and memo files). Currently, XBase supports DBF (dBase and other) database files, NDX (dbase) and NTX (Clipper) index files, and DBT (dBase and other) memo field files. xBase (with a lowercase 'x') means the xBase library. We hope to add support for other XBase file formats in the future.
We intend to provide complete backwards compatibility with the original xBase library.
We welcome any bugfixes and/or enhancements. Please see the developer section (below) for more details.
Current StatusThe current stable version of Xbase is 2.0.0. It is the first release combining the XDB fork with the original xbase CVS code.
Enhancements from XDB 1.2.0:
DocumentationCurrently, the only (real) documentation available is the original xBase documentation (which is quite good) for version 1.8.1 here. This documentation is also included with the source.
Our changes should be completely backwards compatible with the original library. However, in the near future we will be providing new documentation, in the mean time this should work quite well.
Note: if you are upgrading from xdb 1.2.0 to xbase 2.0.0, you will need to replace all includes of the form "xdb/XXX.h" with "xbase/XXX.h" and link against -lxbase rather than -lxdb.
We are using the Doxygen program to document Xbase and a preliminary version of the Doxygen generated documenation is available here. Please let us know what you think.
CVS AccessAnonymous readonly access to CVS is available to everyone. Please see the XBase SourceForge Project Page for details.
If you would like CVS write access, please see the "Developer Info" section, below.
Mailing ListsWe currently have two mailing lists available:
Mailing lists for the Xbase project are available from the XBase SourceForge Project Page.
Known Bugs and ToDo's
Developer InfoWe need developers! If you are interested please contact the project manager, Derry Bryson at firstname.lastname@example.org, directly. If you would like CVS write access, you will need a SourceForge ID and SSH/SSL support setup (see the documentation at SourceForge).
If you don't want to become an "official" developer, patches and bug reports are also welcomed.
If you want to become an official developer, I would suggest obtaining and familiarizing yourself with the current version from CVS and monitoring and reviewing the archives from the developers mailing list.
LicenseXBase is released under the GNU LGPL license. This means, among other things, that it can be used to develop commercial applications as long as the appropriate considerations are made for the LGPL license.
ContactPlease direct all questions, comments, bug reports, bug fixes, etc. to the appropriate mailing list.
All other correspondance (including problems with this web page) should be directed to Derry Bryson at email@example.com
Copyright © 2000-2002 Derry Bryson. All Rights Reserved.