Are you frustrated by ASI? Or are you confused by dbconnect? Shouldn’t there be an easier way to connect to a database from AutoLISP?
There is, and Easy Access is that way. Unlike Autodesk’s development tools, which include both ASI and dbconnect, Easy Access does not assume a deep level of understanding of databases. Rather than using SQL to talk to the database, Easy Access uses a set of about 20 LISP commands that can do fully 95% of what anyone ever needs to do with a database.
The only limitation on this free version of Easy Access is that it can only connect to databases of less than 250 records. Other than that, it works exactly the same as a the fully version. If you try and like it, a full version can be obtained for $249.95.