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dBase is a programming language and database management system. Created in the late 1970s, dBase became one of the first widely used database management systems for microcomputers. It allows users to create databases, enter data into them, update records, retrieve information using queries and generate reports. dBase has been influential in the evolution of database technology by being one of the first end-user DBMS products that sold millions of copies worldwide. The language was an easy-to-use precursor to SQL and graphical query builders but could not keep up with modern standards because it did not offer support for complex datatypes or transactions when better tools entered the market in mid-1990s like Clipper Summer '87 (Clipper 5).