Whitepaper on Next-Generation Object Database Standardization
ODBMS.ORG, a vendor-independent non-profit group of high-profile software experts
lead by Prof. Roberto Zicari, today announced the publication of a new whitepaper
on the current status of efforts to create a next-generation object database standard
within the Object Database Technology Working Group (ODBTWG) of the
Object Management Group (OMG), authored by ODBMS.ORG expert and ODBTWG chair
Mike Card from Syracuse
This paper, which is available for immediate and
free download, presents a discussion of technology issues considered in the
Object Database Technology Working Group. While the contents of this paper are not
to be considered an adopted standard of any kind, they are presented to create discussion
in the computer industry on this topic. Specifically, the OMG plans to invite to
a Object Database Technologies Users and Vendors Roundtable that it is intending
to hold as a special event during the
OMG TC meeting in Burlingame, CA in December 2007.
Following the dissolution of the Object Data Management Group (ODMG) in 2001, standardization
efforts for object databases languished. What has emerged since is a fractured marketplace
where each vendor has developed a unique set of programming interfaces and features
and no truly portable way of interacting with an object database exists. In 2005,
the OMG's Object Database Technology Working Group was formed as the successor to
the ODMG, and its first effort has been to create the object equivalent of the relational
calculus. The group believes that the foundation for this "object calculus" can
be found in the research done by ODBMS.ORG expert
Prof. Kazimierz Subieta and his students at the Polish-Japanese Institute
of Information Technology.
The white paper is supposed to serve as an introduction to Prof. Subieta's "stack-based
architecture" (SBA) and to define the OMG version of it. The definitions and semantics
of SBA will, in the belief of the authors, allow the construction of a complete
and correct object model that supports a powerful object query language as well
as a complete and correct set of equivalent native programming language bindings.
More information about the work of the ODBTWG at
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.
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