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To keep the record straight, Stardivision's StarOffice did not use HSQLDB. Unless the name has been changed, Stardivision used the ADABASE D database engine in their StarOffice. As far as I can research, Sun dropped the proprietary Adabase D engine in favor of HSQLDB after it took over the StarOffice code from Stardivision. I never was able to get Adabase D working for me back then, but I was ignorant of real (non-Access) databases then and the StarOffice Adabase D database documentation was terrible.
Girvin Herr

V Stuart Foote wrote:

Anne, glad you're back but seriously?

HSQLDB  is the short title and Web address for HyperSQL, the Java language based SQL relational 
database that StarOffice then Sun chose as the imbedded database for the project.

Currently we include the 1.8 release, and efforts will either see that ripped out of LibreOffice to 
be replaced, or the version of HSQLDB will be upgraded to a current 2.3 release.

Mark, et al., all the details you could ever want  are on the project webpage at, just 
mind the version differences.


From: Tom Davies []
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:15 AM
To: anne-ology; Mark LaPierre
Cc: Mail List LibreOffice
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] HSLQLDB syntax

Hi :)
My guess is that he meant

H Sql Db

SQL = the standard language used by most database programs.  Most add a little bit (few extra 
commands and stuff) to the basic language to help ensure that people can't easily switch to another 
program even though they all ostensibly use Sql.

Db = Database

H is the only bit that distinguishes exactly which program is being talked about.

Note that other programs also use Sql or Db in their name.  For example MySql/MariaDb, Postgresql.  
Only Access doesn't have any of that in it's name.  Of course MS make many claims that Access does use 
Sql but it's such a heavily tweaked version of Sql that it's almost unrecognisable.  If you learn 
Access then you need to forget&re-learn if you want to switch to anything else.  The others tend to 
just have a few differences so it's not so tough to move between them.  At least, so i have heard.

Regards from
Tom :)

From: anne-ology <>
To: Mark LaPierre <>
Cc: Mail List LibreOffice <>
Sent: Monday, 15 July 2013, 16:38
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] HSLQLDB syntax

       And just what is HSLQLDB  ;-)

       oh, memorizing acronyms seems to me a mighty complicated way to
organize one's thoughts ...
                wouldn't it be simpler - easier - to just state the
object(s) rather than leaving the listener trying to interpret what's being
meant by what's being said  ;-)

      see -

       AND - did you happen to notice in that URL, this phenomenon only
started in 1943 ;-)
                before then communication was simply speaking to be
understood  ;-)

       BTW - many of these acronyms are duplicated - which causes even more
confusion to the listener  ;-)

On Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM, Mark LaPierre <> wrote:

On 07/13/2013 05:36 AM, Alexander Thurgood wrote:
HSLQLDB is a bit picky about the syntax
Does anyone know where I can find a good reference on HSLQLDB syntax?

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