The Object Database Handbook: How to Select, Implement, and Use Object-Oriented Databases

Douglas K. Barry

The first complete, hands-on guide to choosing, implementing, and managing the right object-oriented database for your organization

If you are responsible for selecting and implementing an object-oriented database in your organization, you need a tool to help you evaluate your options and make the right selection. And now here it is: The Object Database Handbook—the first complete, hands-on guide for anyone planning a move to object-oriented database technology. Doug Barry, "Databases" columnist with Object Magazine, provides you with a rational, systematic approach to selecting, implementing, and managing the object-oriented database products best suited to your company's unique computing needs. The book covers all the bases, providing clear, step-by-step guidance on how to:

  • Match your organization's computing needs against available products
  • Form a selection team
  • Implement your database solutions so they work right the first time
  • Prototype your system
  • Design or convert data to the new database
  • Rework an existing relational model into an object model

Also, the book provides dozens of valuable checklists that make it easy to identify your needs and match them with the right choices. And several full-scale case studies are developed throughout the book that help you arrive quickly at a practical understanding of the concepts discussed.

DOUG BARRY is the Executive Director of the Object Database Management Group, the leading standards-setting body for object database technology. He also heads the consulting firm of Barry & Associates, where he specializes in helping his clients select object database management products for their application needs. Doug has more than twenty years of experience with database development and object technology.

Table of Contents

  • Basic Concepts for Using Object Databases.
  • Complex Data.
  • Comparing the Object and Relational Models.
  • Types of Products that Handle Objects.
  • DBMS Standards for Objects.
  • Setting the Stage for Success.
  • Making a Success of Selection.
  • Feature Interaction: An Example.
  • Deployment Issues.
  • Using Existing Relational Schema: An Example.
  • General Architecture.
  • Objects, Attributes, and Relationships.
  • Procedures and Programming Languages.
  • Data Schema and Schema Evolution.
  • Queries and Query Languages.
  • Concurrency and Recovery.
  • Transactions.
  • Versions.
  • Distributed Database Systems.
  • External DBMS Access.
  • Security Authorization.
  • Tools.
  • Internationalization.
  • Appendix.
  • Glossary.
  • Index.

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Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Wiley Computer Books


ISBN 0471147184
352 pages
May, 1996

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