NEWS RELEASE 6/2/2008
Panel Discussion "ODBMS: Quo Vadis?" Published
ODBMS.ORG, a vendor-independent non-profit group of high-profile software experts
lead by Prof. Roberto Zicari, today announced a new panel discussion "Object Database
Systems: Quo vadis?" with responses from the ODBMS.ORG experts Mike Card,
Jim Paterson, and Kazimierz
Subieta, on their views on on some critical questions related to Object
- Where are Object Database Systems going?
- Are Relational database systems becoming Object Databases?
- Do we need a standard for Object Databases?
- Why ODMG did not succeed?
A major part of the discussion mirrored the discourse at the ICOODB 2008 conference
regarding standardization of ODBMS technology. "Good standards can provide interoperability
and portability. Bad standards can stifle innovation." says Jim Paterson, Lecturer
in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Mike Card from Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC), who chairs the ODBT group in
OMG to advance object database standardization, expresses the view that "The APIs
for creating, opening, deleting, and synchronizing/replicating databases as well
as the native query APIs should be standardized to allow application portability."
Kazimierz Subieta from the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology adds
that "the object database standard is the biggest gap in promoting object-oriented
The panel also looks into the issue if LINQ, which provides native language data
access, is a suitable standard for ODBMS. The panelists agree that LINQ is a promising
technology. "LINQ looks like it has a lot of promise in this area. We (the Object
Database Technology Working Group in OMG) are currently evaluating LINQ vs. the
stack-based query language (SBQL) to see how these technologies compare for handling
complex queries." says Mike Card.
The complete panel transcript is available for free
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.