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   Re: Opinions requested

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Sat, 6 Mar 1999 06:29:59 -0500 (EST)

Marcelo Cantos writes:

 > More important than any specifics, however, is the issue of what you
 > call a DBMS.  To me, a DBMS is a database management system (seems
 > painfully obvious, but I think it bears repeating).  You may argue
 > that a product is not a DBMS if it does not support feature X [...]

A DBMS is something that manages data *and* passes the ACID test
(Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation and Durability).  This isn't a
question of "I want feature X" -- the ACID test is what distinguishes
a DBMS from, say, the Unix file system (which can also manage data).

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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