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(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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Ksoft says it has already started planning the next release, under the name dBASE 2000, with a tentative release date of late spring, early summer this year, and will issue quarterly releases from then on.
Using ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) characters 18 and 5, we instructed the dBase program to insert the WordPerfect END FIELD and END RECORD codes directly into our merge file.
It's an uncomplicated task to add or delete individuals from the list for a specific magazine by altering the dBase file.
We turned back to dBase III Plus to give it a closer examination.
However, many other data base products read and write files in dBase format.
Over the years, Ashton-Tate's lethargy opened the doors to a whole sub-industry of companies that provided dbase customers with products Tate couldn't get out the door, often with slicker features and superior performance.
FoxPro 2.0 is acknowledged by most in the field as combining the most advanced dBASE programming language constructs with superior performance and close adherence to dBASE IV compatibility.
All the features we needed were to be found in dBase IV, version 1.1: a customized data entry screen, a choice of print formats, and simple retrieval and printing.
The Clipper database programming package can be used with dBase III and dBase III files and indexes.
Compare Borland with AshtonTate, which is building a flavor of dbase IV for virtually everything that runs on electricity.
Among public firms, the old standby, dBASE still controls the database market (holding as much as 58% in one category), but the relatively new Paradox is gaining quickly.
Although DBM depends on dBASE IV (or a compatible package like Foxpro or Arago), it transcends the limits of dBASE that are usually encountered in working with textual information.