NEWS - PRESS RELEASE
O/R Mismatch is "The Vietnam of Computer Science"
ODBMS.ORG Publishes Ted Neward's Analysis of Approaches in the Light of Vietnam
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.
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 of
80 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 its
introduction 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.