Relational vs. Object-Oriented Database Systems: Supporting Standards and CASE Tools

Philippos Pouyioutas, Vasso Stylianou-Kyriacou

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Abstract

Modernization in database processing systems calls for the use of object- oriented principles in which one sees classes, methods, and inheritance, as probably the most distinct characteristics of this technology. The vast majority of database systems in operation today though, use relational principles. Many people are nowadays supporting that the two technologies should best blend together and coexist rather than for one to replace the other. Considering the features of the two and the fact that the new standards such as the SQL3 standard have long been awaited for, one can conclude a mild chaos situation, which seems to be promoting an emerging new winner to be a hybrid of the parent technologies. Data modeling CASE tools, used to design and create database models, exist for both technologies. Here again, the mix-up regarding the methodology to use, is the same, though it is more often that specific CASE tools have selected to take one or the other direction, i.e., they either work around relational database principles or around object-oriented principles. Some hybrid products again exist. In this paper, we attempt to update the reader as to the current state-of-affairs regarding standards of database development and then concentrate on the CASE tools available in the area, addressing the effect that standards have on their development. We briefly review two data modeling tools, a relational modeling CASE tool and an object-oriented modeling CASE tool. The review is completed with a list of commercially available CASE tools, as these are reported in various Buyers' Guides.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Conference on Computer Science and Informatics, JCIS 1998
EditorsK. Li, Y. Pan, P.P. Wang, A. Al-Dhelaan, H. Da Cheng, Y. Pan, P.P. Wang
Pages312-316
Number of pages5
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Event4th International Conference on Computer Science and Informatics, JCIS 1998 - Research Triangle Park, NC, United States
Duration: 23 Oct 199828 Oct 1998

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Other4th International Conference on Computer Science and Informatics, JCIS 1998
CountryUnited States
CityResearch Triangle Park, NC
Period23/10/9828/10/98

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    Pouyioutas, P., & Stylianou-Kyriacou, V. (1998). Relational vs. Object-Oriented Database Systems: Supporting Standards and CASE Tools. In K. Li, Y. Pan, P. P. Wang, A. Al-Dhelaan, H. Da Cheng, Y. Pan, & P. P. Wang (Eds.), 4th International Conference on Computer Science and Informatics, JCIS 1998 (Vol. 3, pp. 312-316)