This article recounts the database object adventure
and offers some predictions concerning the future of
objects in database systems.
Although (i) it does not include the most up-to-date
buzzwords (it was written in 1996) and (ii) I don't
like its conclusions (OODB are relegated to second class citizen
in the database market), I still recommend it: the historical
part is accurate and the predictions rather convincing
(too bad for my favorites).
Now, I could give you a summary of this 10 pages paper, but then why
would you read it? So, let me simply conclude this review
by profiling the likely reader interested in this paper.
an engineer who wants to impress his/her boss by making the right choice now
a graduate student looking for a good subject in database
a professor in need of some material for an introductory course on databases
a database researcher who has been sick for the last ten years
and wants to know what he/she has been missing
a smart database researcher who wants to make sure he/she understood
what has been happening