It was 1982 when dBASE first appeared in computer stores. At the time, I was pretty busy with FireFile, which later went on to become LapLink when the term “laptop” was eventually coined. dBASE was a simple data management tool for personal computers, but it included a scripting language that made it possible to build some relatively complex and comprehensive applications.
A key advantage to dBASE was its “late binding” architecture. This simply means that the scripts are interpreted when the user actually runs the application. These interpretive database apps require a “run-time” core and the scripts that form the basis of the application.