DAME stands for "Database Access Made Easy" and is a tool to generate C++ code around SQL statements. DAME can support almost any type of SQL statements - DML or DDL. This chapter explains what DAME is, how it relates to other database access mechanisms and why you might want to use it. We also cover how to configure and install DAME. At the end of the chapter, we will go through the example schema that is used for examples in this book.