DBASE 5 version DOS

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dBASE 5.0 for DOS - product description


dBASE 5.0 for DOS BOR-1297

The worldwide database standard

dBASE for DOS is the best way to manage your data and build high-performance database applications for DOS.

100% dBASE standard
Complete solution for users and developers
New! Event-handling and object models
New! Developer's Desktop Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
New! Unique Two-Way-Tools(tm)
New! Form Designer with graphical controls
New! Fully integrated 32-bit .EXE compiler
Full network multiuser support


dBASE 5.0 is the highest performance database management system for DOS. More than seven million people like you rely on dBASE(rg) to manage their important information. And dBASE 5.0 is fully compatible with dBASE III PLUS(rg) and dBASE IV.(rg) You can continue to build on your investment in data and applications.


Your applications created with previous versions of dBASE run up to 20 times faster with NEW! 32-bit support, SpeedFilters,(tm) and Virtual Memory Management. Your queries, forms, reports, and programs will work faster so you'll get fast results.


dBASE 5.0 retains its proven Control Center interface, giving you everything required to manage your data more productively, without programming.

Get answers fast with Query By Example (QBE)--simply click on the fields you want.
Create impressive forms, reports, and labels easily with Quick Layout options or customize your own with the Visual Design tools.
Use the Applications Generator to tie all your tables, queries, forms, and reports together into a custom solution, without programming.


All the tools you need are in one place with the unified NEW! Developer's Desktop. Build applications faster than ever before. NEW! Command and Results Windows let you enter dBASE commands, cut, copy and paste, and see results instantly.

Unique NEW! Two-Way-Tools let you work interchangeably between the visual tool and source code for maximum productivity. And NEW! Context-sensitive On-line Help system explains every dBASE command and function as you create your programs.


Now you can create powerful multiwindow DOS applications fast with the NEW! Event Model. More than 40 new commands and functions. More than 150 new Common User Access (CUA) language elements. NEW! Crosstab Expert makes creating sophisticated cross-tabulation reports simple. The NEW! Quick Layout and NEW! Form Designer let you work with built-in objects to visually create Windows-like applications. Select push buttons, radio buttons, check boxes, pick lists, and more, from the Object Palette to create your form. Just right-click for the NEW! Object Inspector,(rg) to modify any object's properties without programming.


dBASE 5.0 for DOS includes NEW! Integrated 32-bit Compiler with full preprocessor and MAKE facility, so you can distribute fully functional, high-performance .EXEs without royalties or runtime fees. And NEW! Project Manager coordinates all of your development efforts.


NEW! Virtual Memory Management allows your applications to utilize up to 4Gb of combined RAM and hard disk. NEW! Use up to 225 work areas. NEW! Unlimited record locking for more powerful multiuser applications. NEW! Powerful array-handling capability.


dBASE for DOS and dBASE for Windows users can share data instantly.
Keep data up to date with automatic record and file locking and screen refresh.
Protect sensitive data with multilevel password protection and data encryption.
Ensure data integrity through transaction processing with rollback.
Add users economically with dBASE License Pack (available separately).


Database Management

Control Center
Catalog Manager
Visual Design Tools
Database Table Designer
Query By Example (QBE)
Form Designer
Report Designer
Label Designer
Applications Generator


Operations are up to 20 times faster than dBASE III PLUS and IV v1.x., two times faster than dBASE IV v2.0
NEW! 32-bit DOS extender technology
NEW! Built-in Virtual Memory Manager
SpeedFilter technology for fastest results

Application Development Tools

Time-tested Visual Design Tools and Applications Generator
Automatic code generation
Symbolic multiwindowed Debugger
NEW! Developer's Desktop Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
NEW! Separate windows for command (dot prompt) input and results output
NEW! Two-Way-Tools read and write Common User Access (CUA) source code
NEW! CUA Form Designer
Object Palette with radio buttons, check boxes, push buttons, list boxes, and combo boxes
Field Palette
Menu Designer
NEW! Text and Memo Editor
Open same file in more than one window
Substring search and list
Compiler accessible from editor
Right-click mouse button for command-level, context-sensitive help
NEW! Integrated 32-bit Compiler
MAKE utility
Autolinker, preprocessor
dSPLIT/dJOIN distribution tools
Full wildcard support in COMPILE command
NEW! Project Manager
Lists all application components
Edit any component
Options include output directories and preprocessor support
Calculator, calendar, and ASCII chart
Cross-tabulation Expert(tm)

dBASE Language

English-like, high-level language with more than 500 commands and functions
Sophisticated Object Model
Powerful Event-handling Model
NEW! 214 language enhancements including:
15 event handlers
22 classes (stock objects)
105 properties
11 methods
13 new array functions
Error trapping
Conditional indexes
Enhanced mouse event handling
User-Defined Functions (UDFs)
Language driver ID checking
C language-like low-level file I/O functions
Blank support

Data Safeguards

AUTO SAVE writes each record to disk automatically
Data validation
Password protection (up to eight levels)
Data encryption

Multiuser Features

Automatic file and NEW! unlimited record locking
Automatic retry when record/file is locked
Indication of which users have locks
Change detection and screen refresh
Transaction processing with rollback


Up to 225 work areas (enhanced)
Up to one billion records per file
Maximum record size: 4,000 bytes
Up to 256 fields per record
Up to 254 characters per field
Up to 47 indexes per master index file
Up to 10 master index files per database
65,535 elements per array

Special Features

Enhanced automated installation
Run other software from dBASE
Selectable VGA video modes
Context-sensitive help


Upward compatibility with applications and data created with dBASE III PLUS and dBASE IV
Data compatibility with dBASE on other platforms.

System Requirements

An Intel 386 (or higher) -based PC, 100% compatible
DOS 3.3 or later, 100%-compatible version
Minimum 4Mb extended RAM (6Mb extended RAM recommended)
Minimum 9Mb of hard disk space
Optional: Microsoft(rg) Windows 3.1 or later, or IBM(rg) OS/2(rg) 2.01 or later, 100%-compatible version
Pointing device: Mouse recommended

Networks Supported

Novell NetWare 2.2, 3.11, 3.12, 4.0, and Personal NetWare
AT&T StarGROUP 2.1a
Banyan VINES 5.0
DecNET Pathworks 4.1
IBM LAN Server 3.0
Microsoft LAN Manager 2.1
Lantastic 6.0

dBASE is part of Borland's growing family of databases, languages, and client/server tools.

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