Enterprise version needed to access SQL Server 7 ?

Is it true one can create Delphi Win32 applications who access MS SQL Server 7 databases with the Delphi 5 Professional version WITH ADOExpress for D5 Pro as option ? Without ADOExpress its misery some told me because there aren't any native drivers available for SQL 7...
Can anyone confirm this ?
Or do I really need the rather expensive Enterprise edition ?

Many thanks in advance for your answer !

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I Owe D5 professional and I can Garantee you that there is no ADOExpress in this version.

you are mistaking between Interbase Express that comes with D5 starting at professional version, and ADO components that comes starting with client-server Version.

Howether you can find ADO components from third Party providers

You will find a very good list of all bde altervatives at


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JeanFranckAuthor Commented:
I know Delphi 5 Pro doesn't include ADO components.
Borland does sell ADOExpress for Delphi 5 Pro users to bring a sollution for these users.
My question is rather if this sollution is as good as the features of the Enterprise edition concerning this subject ?
If so, this will save me a pretty penny !!!

I think you could find god ado solutions on the site I gave you.

some are even freefare if you are not interested to get the source.

For my part I think that once you found out the library that suits you, you should aford to by the source because it will protect you from not being able to evolutate with new versionsof Delphi, and you would get support.

Cheers, MH
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