Apache Derby vs. Progress OpenEdge

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apache Derby
Score 7.0 out of 10
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Apache Derby is an embedded relational database management system, originally developed by IBM and called IBM Cloudscape.N/A
Progress OpenEdge
Score 8.3 out of 10
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Progress OpenEdge is presented by the vendor as the fundamental application development environment that keeps businesses running, advantaged by constant innovation that enables users to leverage technology advancements to quickly deliver high-performing business applications that users not only need, but want.N/A
Pricing
Apache DerbyProgress OpenEdge
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Apache DerbyProgress OpenEdge
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Apache DerbyProgress OpenEdge
Small Businesses
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
SQLite
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Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
SQLite
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Apache DerbyProgress OpenEdge
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(3 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apache DerbyProgress OpenEdge
Likelihood to Recommend
Apache
If you need a SQL-capable database-like solution that is file-based and embeddable in your existing Java Virtual Machine processes, Apache Derby is an open-source, zero cost, robust and performant option. You can use it to store structured relational data but in small files that can be deployed right alongside with your solution, such as storing a set of relational master data or configuration settings inside your binary package that is deployed/installed on servers or client machines.
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Progress Software Corporation
I have had limited exposure to other development environments, but I have found Openedge to be well suited for the purposes that we are using it for. We have a windows client-server application that has been in use for over 20 years and has held it's age well. We also have a web based product using openedge appserver to access our backend code. The appserver functions well and we have been happy with it
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Pros
Apache
  • Apache Derby is SMALL. Compared to an enterprise scale system such as MSSQL, it's footprint is very tiny, and it works well as a local database.
  • The SPEED. I have found that Apache Derby is very fast, given the environment I was developing in.
  • Based in JAVA (I know that's an obvious thing to say), but Java allows you to write some elegant Object Oriented structures, thus allowing for fast, Agile test cases against the database.
  • Derby is EASY to implement and can be accessed from a console with little difficulty. Making it appropriate for everything from small embedded systems (i.e. just a bash shell and a little bit of supporting libraries) to massive workstations.
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Progress Software Corporation
  • Openedge databases are practically bulletproof, even when shot down abnormally. The offer complete transaction scoping, before imagining, and also after imaging for roll foward capability.
  • Openedge has a very powerful and easy to learn 4GL programming language that can be used in a traditional or object oriented manner.
  • Openedge also has powerful web services components, fully integrating both SOAP and RESTful web services.
  • Openedge is completely scaleable from 1 user to a fully distributed global enterprise solution.
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Cons
Apache
  • It may not scale as well as some more mature database products.
  • Used it primarily from the command line with openjpa and jdbc, and from third-party clients such as Squirrel.
  • May benefit by providing more sophisticated tools to optimize query performance.
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Progress Software Corporation
  • Needs to improve the documentation
  • Licensing is costly
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Likelihood to Renew
Apache
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Progress Software Corporation
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Alternatives Considered
Apache
SQLite is another open-source zero-cost file-based SQL-capable database solution and is a good alternative to Apache Derby, especially for non-Java-based solutions. We chose Apache Derby as it is Java-based, and so is the solution we embedded it in. However, SQLite has a similar feature set and is widely used in the industry to serve the same purposes for native solutions such as C or C++-based products.
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Progress Software Corporation
The decision to use openedge with our particular product was made such a long time ago that I certainly was not around to make the decision. And most of the other products that would have been compared at the time are likely no longer around. Which does speak to the longevity and benefits of this product. When you look back and see how long the same product has been going forward with constant improvements and remaining relevant without major disruptive changes, it is worthy of some credit.
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Return on Investment
Apache
  • Being Open source, the resources spent on the purchase of the product are ZERO.
  • Contrary to popular belief, open source software CAN provide support, provided that the developers/contributors are willing to answer your emails.
  • Overall, the ROI was positive: being able to experiment with an open source technology that could perform on par with the corporate products was promising, and gave us much information about how to proceed in the future.
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Progress Software Corporation
  • Openedge is a good business partner. They provide excellent support, education, and marketing assistance.
  • Openedge programming resources are readily available, both in the US and inexpensively overseas when additional staff is needed to complete projects.
  • Openedge is just as powerful, but much less expensive than its rivals, like Oracle.
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