O/R Mismatch is “The Vietnam of Computer Science”

ODBMS.ORG Publishes Ted Neward’s Analysis of Approaches in the Light of Vietnam War Analogy

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 12, 2007 – ODBMS.ORG, a vendor-independent non-profit group of high-profile software experts lead by Prof. Roberto Zicari, today announced the release of Ted Neward’s analysis of the O/R impedance mismatch titled “The Vietnam of Computer Science“. This article is one in the latest contributions that put the revived popularity of object databases in the context of the object-relational discussion and the growth of object-relational mappers like Hibernate in particular.

Neward argues that, like the dilemma faced by the US administration during the Vietnam war, the O/R mismatch is a quagmire where current approaches including object-relational mappers (ORMs) are subject to decreasing marginal returns. He lists the abandonment of objects (as a programming paradigm) or of relational data structures (as a database paradigm) as the only wholehearted solutions, while living with the pain or full integration of ORMs into languages or databases are other approaches.

The Vietnam of Computer Science” helps readers to gain a broader view on the fundamental object-relational mismatch problem and debunks the myth that O/R mappers would be a silver bullet to the problem. Ted Neward has been invited to join ODBMS.ORG’s panel of80 internationally recognizable experts on ODBMS technology.

In addition, the portal has published the rebuttal “OODBMS Architectures Defended” by Versant’s Robert Greene to Marriott’s recent “OODBMS Architectures Revisited”, which are now all available for free download from the portal’s expert section.

By popular demand, the portal has also provided two classics from itsintroduction section by expert Rick Grehan in a downloadable PDF version:

ODBMS.ORG (www.odbms.org) is a vendor-independent, not-for-profit educational program on object database technology and the integration between object-oriented programming and databases. Designed by Prof. Roberto Zicari of Frankfurt University, the program’s goal is to promote and further the use of object databases – by offering free resources for students, faculty and researchers at universities and research centers, as well as for JAVA and .NET developers in the commercial and the open source world. Content is provided by a panel of internationally recognized experts, who share research articles and teaching materials with the community via the organization’s Web portal.

Contact ODBMS.ORG at editor@odbms.org.

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