Embedded SQL is a system in which SQL commands are embedded right in a C or C++ source file. A preprocessor translates these statements into calls to a runtime library. Embedded SQL is an ISO/ANSI and IBM standard.
Embedded SQL is portable to other databases and other environments, and is functionally equivalent in all operating environments. It is a comprehensive, low-level interface that provides all of the functionality available in the product. Embedded SQL requires knowledge of C or C++ programming languages.
You can develop C or C++ applications that access the SQL Anywhere server using the SQL Anywhere embedded SQL interface. The command line database tools are examples of applications developed in this manner.