Today’s systems are so disparate and large enterprises have a widely heterogeneous environment, with Windows and non-Windows platforms for application development. Developers, whether they are enterprise developers, web developers, ISV (Independent Software Vendor) developers or DBAs, have different needs and different ways of accessing the data that resides in SQL Server. For example ISV developers look for stability in the platform and enterprise developers look for rich development tooling experience and interoperability, whereas web developers want the latest rich development experience. Similarly what a PHP developer needs is very different from what a .NET developer needs. To achieve the rich development experience, developers can choose from various data access libraries such as ADO.NET, SQL Server 2012 Native Client (SNAC), JDBC, ODBC and PHP based on the application requirement. Since SQL Server 2000, the platform has supported interoperability with Windows and non-Windows environments. SQL Server 2000 started supporting Java development using JDBC drivers. PHP application development support was added to SQL Server with SQL Server 2005. With SQL Server 2012, support for ODBC driver for Linux has been added. This simplifies the PHP or other application development on Linux to a greater extent.
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