We did look at integrating ADODB as the database layer into the 1.3.x codebase, but it didn't pan out. This would provide ODBC connectivity. If you want to try to get into the coding, try integrating the ADODB layer into it! Aside from the ability to use different database engines, it also provides a cache layer that would help GL out considerably.
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