Out there, on computers all across the globe, Microsoft Access databases abound, with new data going in, but with little change to their structure (perhaps the last change was for “the Y2K problem”). Many of these, in machine shops, local museums, and little league offices, will exist for billions of years, perhaps even until the heat death of the universe. I’d like to change that. The first step in this process is a set of Ruby bindings for the mdbtools C library, which I’ve creatively titled libmdb-ruby [github].

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