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Posted by: Phillip Ward
Date: June 17, 2010 05:57AM

My organisation makes use of a Windows-hosted application that is supported by a proprietary database (a B-tree variant). There is no ODBC driver available for this database but we would like to be able to read (NOT update) the data using "modern" reporting tools.

I'm considering creating a custom MySql Storage Engine (to run on Windows) using either of two, possible implementations:
* Access the underlying binary data file directly. I don't fancy this as the structure is completely undocumented and liable to change with different versions of the application.
* Use the application itself (via its OLE automation API) to retrieve the data. OK; this is potentially a lot slower but, for the moment anyway, that would be bearable.

Comments/Suggestions/Recommendations on where to start, please?

Regards,
Phill W.

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