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A DBMS (Database Management System) is software designed to manipulate the information in a database. It can add, delete, modify, sort, display and search for specific information, and perform many other tasks on a database. A DBMS is sometimes also referred to as a Database Manager or Database Engine.

Examples of legacy flat-file DBMS systems are: dBase, Clipper, FoxPro and DataEase.

Some of the specialized DBMS types in existence are: RDBMS (most popular), ODBMS, ORDBMS, HDBMS, NDBMS, etc.

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