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dBASE

(tool, product, language)
An interactive DBMS, originally from Ashton-Tate Corporation, and the language used by it.

dBASE evolved from Vulcan by Wayne Ratliffe, which came out in around 1980 and ran on CP/M. It was called dBaseII when sold to Ashton-Tate Corporation.

The first release was dBASE II, ca 1980. There never was a "dBASE I". Later versions included: dBASE III, dBASE III+, and dBASE IV.

Ashton-Tate was taken over in the early 1990s by what became Borland Software Corporation who sold dBase in March(?) 1999 to the newly formed dBase Inc. dBase Inc's first release was Visual dBASE 5.7, a Y2K upgrade to Visual dBASE 5.x.

Current version, as of 2003-11-24: dBASE PLUS 2.0x build 1703.

dBase Home.
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He served as the dBASE language architect and was responsible for the dBASE language components for dBASE III Plus and IV.
The ISYS program "reads" every word of every text file and can index over 70 file formats, including Adobe Acrobat PDF; ASCII; AmiPro; dBASE III Plus and IV; IBM DisplayWrite; Microsoft PowerPoint;
Borland, dBASE III Plus and dBASE IV are registered trademarks and ReportSmith and Paradox are trademarks of Borland International, Inc.
I have found Advanced dBase III Plus Programming and Techniques|1~ of great help as well as WordPerfect: The Magazine.
From 1984-86, Orfao was director of North America sales at Ashton- Tate Corporation where he developed and implemented the company's distribution strategy for the North American market and contributed to the successful launches of dBase III and dBase III Plus.
Software requirements include dBase III Plus and a separate text editor or word processor for writing customized programs; although a text editor is part of dBase Ill Plus, its memory is limited.