First Public Viewing of ODBC 4.0 Specification

First Public Viewing of ODBC 4.0 Specification

September 19, 2016 0 Comments
ODBC 4.0

Microsoft ODBC 4.0 is a new version of ODBC for modern data sources. Get involved with data rights by contributing to ODBC 4.0 on Github today.

Progress DataDirect has been working with the Microsoft Data Group on the ODBC 4.0 specification, and we’re excited to share the latest updates as they happen. We hosted the first open summit to start collecting feedback from leading tech companies on the ODBC 4.0 specification back in June.


Quick Summary

Microsoft ODBC 4.0 is a new version of ODBC for modern data sources that adds support for features such as:

  • Private drivers
  • Additional capability reporting
  • Language extensions through additional SQL Escape Clauses
  • Semi-structured data: Tables whose schema may not be defined or may change on a row-by-row basis
  • Hierarchical data: Data with nested structure (structured fields, lists)
  • Web authentication model

Get Involved with Data Rights

Take action today! All data has the right to be securely accessed if the owner chooses and ODBC 4.0 will make a huge difference in the lives of that data, regardless of shape, size or authentication mechanism. Contributions are encouraged and welcome, but don’t forget to read the contribution agreement. The specification has been posted on the Microsoft github page for your review.

ODBC 4.0 Gitgub

If you have questions for our engineering team, you can find the direct contact information here.

Contact Us

Sumit Sakar

Sumit Sarkar

Sumit Sarkar is a Chief Data Evangelist at Progress, with over 10 years experience working in the data connectivity field. The world's leading consultant on open data standards connectivity with cloud data, Sumit's interests include performance tuning of the data access layer for which he has developed a patent pending technology for its analysis; business intelligence and data warehousing for SaaS platforms; and data connectivity for aPaaS environments, with a focus on standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET and ODATA. He is an IBM Certified Consultant for IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and TDWI member. He has presented sessions on data connectivity at various conferences including Dreamforce, Oracle OpenWorld, Strata Hadoop, MongoDB World and SAP Analytics and Business Objects Conference, among many others. 

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