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Have you ever wanted to take advantage of the benefits of relational database technology on small host machines? Well, now you can. Derby is a Java-based, fully functional, low footprint relational database management system. Derby can be squeezed into the tightest of places, thereby releasing database server technology into the wild. Want to find out more? Stephen Morris helps you get started with Derby.

If Derby were the only product to come out of the open source arena, I think I’d be happy with that! That’s an exaggeration of course, but it points to the importance of Derby. Database technology has traditionally occupied an exalted and expensive position in the world of software. The advent of Derby ends this dominance and opens up the database field to us all. Sun Microsystems has already released its own distribution of Derby called JavaDB. So, you’re likely to be hearing more about Derby as time goes on.

Derby: A Database for All Seasons

In this article, I want to introduce you to Derby and get you started using the product with a simple Java program. Before we get started, let’s get some background information out of the way.

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