The TDataSet component Delph and C++Builder is an abstract class that does not access the BDE or dbExpress directly. Instead, this class relies on descendants to provide concrete methods. For example, TTable is a concrete descendant. TTable completely encapsulates access to the BDE. The Advantage TAdsTable component is also a concrete descendant, but does not require the BDE.
Advantage TDataSet Descendant for Delphi and C++Builder
The Advantage TDataSet Descendant solution provides four key components, TAdsQuery, TAdsTable, TAdsStoredProc, and TAdsConnection. TAdsQuery, TAdsTable, TAdsStoredProc, and TAdsConnection are TDataSet descendants similar to Delphi's TQuery, TTable, TStoredProc, and TDatabase components. Because these components are similar, you can use TAdsQuery, TAdsTable, TAdsStoredProc, and TAdsConnection exactly as you would TQuery, TTable, TStoredProc, and TDatabase. In fact, your application will have to change very little except it will now have the benefit of using Advantage technology. Application deployment can be as simple as including the required Advantage DLLs in your application directory. The architecture of TAdsQuery, TAdsTable, TAdsStoredProc, and TAdsConnection allows the use of Delphi native data aware components plus any third-party components that are TDataSet descendant compatible.
The Advantage TDataSet Descendant solution also provides components such as the TAdsSettings component for environmental settings such as date format, and the TAdsDictionary component to provide administrative access to Advantage Data Dictionaries.
A connection manager is included in a stand-alone utility called Advantage Data Architect (ARC). This functionality in ARC allows you to set up aliases similar to Delphi database aliases. The ARC utility is a separate install that is located on the Advantage Product CD and also available for download from the Advantage Developer's Zone at http://DevZone.AdvantageDatabase.com