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IS Borland Database engine backward compatible ?

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Will my package work if I install a newer version of the borland database engine ?
please advise whether I can upgrade the borland database engine without it having inpact on my application.
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It's impossible to tell without testing it.

From the common experience, the expected impact is practically always negative, i.e. something that worked with version 1 won't work with version 2. The best is to leave your application working with the engine it was designed for. There's whole technology called "side-by-side", introduced in XP, exactly for this purpose.


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clarification:

"From the common experience, the expected impact is practically alwaysnegative, i.e.
something that worked with version 1 won't work withversion 2."

meaning, in the best possible scenario, the effect is zero, so there's full compatibility. So, either it works just as before, or something stops working.
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