Why Use an Embedded Database?: "Why Use an Embedded Database?
If you've used a tax-preparation program, a contact manager, or played with a PDA, you've used an embedded database. These spunky, self-contained databases have thousands of uses. Can they help you?
by Andrew Binstock March 22, 2005
Relational databases running on standalone servers are such a fundamental part of the way we view data today, that it can be hard to recognize occasions in which other relational database models are more effective. And yet there is a thriving market segment called embedded databases, which daily serves the needs of millions of customers. Before examining where these databases are used, let's make sure we agree on what exactly an embedded database is."