Before You Buy
Before You Buy a Delphi Programming BOOK
These are the books that you will want to refer back to time and time again as you are developing your applications. It pays to keep more than one good book handy; always go for the book that is dedicated to some aspect of Delphi development.
Before You Buy BDE Replacement Suite
The BDE also has a number of weakness. Its underlying architecture is oriented toward Paradox and dBASE file server based tables. The BDE is a layer in between your application and the underlying database; such layers always have some kind of performance penalty.