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Language: Borland App Server
Expertise: Beginner
Mar 18, 1999

Different Versions of Delphi and the BDE

Question:
Is it possible to have two different versions of the Borland Database Engine (BDE) installed on the same machine? I've been developing in Delphi 3, recently went to Delphi 4, and discovered that the native MSAccess driver that came with BDE 5.01 is way too slow. I'd like to be able to develop my Delphi-Access applications in Delphi 3, and use the old BDE 4.51 for speed, but use Delphi 4 for everything else. How would I set this up?

Answer:
As far as I know, you can't use two different versions of the BDE on the same machine. But you don't have to upgrade the older version if you'd like to retain the speed that the older version afforded you. I run Delphi 3 and Delphi 4 on one of my workstations and still use the older version of the BDE for both.

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