BDE is the Borland Database Engine – an outdated technology,and it has been used by Borland products like Delphi, C++ etc for years. It still common to repackage applications which use it. This is particularly true where and organization may have its own in-house developers who over the years would have produced quite a large number of these applications.
BDE is very flexible in that it can it can handle a large variety of Database connects – like oracle, MSSql, FoxPro, access, paradox, dbase and excel. The BDE provides a common interface layer to these databases which makes it much easier to develop such database applications.