DBMS Overview

Provides an interface to relational databases.


The DBMS component provides an interface to relational databases. It enables you to create and access databases either from a single client or from multiple clients sharing access over a server.

Required background

To use DBMS you need a knowledge of relational databases and the SQL query language.

Key concepts and terms

Store database

A client-side single client database stored in permanent file stores, implemented by RDbStoreDatabase

Named database

A database allowing simultaneous read/write access by multiple clients, implemented by RDbNamedDatabase


DBMS defines a general relational database access API, and allows different database implementations to be provided of which there are two: a small and relatively lightweight client-side implementation; and, for when multiple clients must have write access to a database, a client-server implementation.

When multiple clients can access the same database, transactions ensure that only one client can change data at a time.

The File Stores API defines a sophisticated file storage, called permanent file stores, that allows individual entries in a file to be modified. The database implementations use these stores for the underlying data storage.

Figure: DBMS Class Diagrams

DBMS Summary

DBMS provides the following:

  • Database Management System Library


  • Database Management System Server



API Description


Abstract database class.


Implements RDbDatabase as a store database.


Implements a named database.


The base class for all rowset types.


Provides access to table data as a rowset.


Generates rowsets from an SQL query.


A wrapper for an SQL string combined with a text comparison mode.


Describes the desired shape of a view's pre-evaluation window.


Provides notification of database changes to clients.

Typical uses

DBMS is very well suited to applications with small to medium-sized datasets, where the total record count is less than 10,000 and the database size is less than 512KB. It scales reasonably well to larger datasets with total record counts less than 100,000 and database sizes less than 10MB.

DBMS is a suitable database engine for applications such as:

  • address books

  • call logs

  • message stores.

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