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   Jim Gray article on Next Generation Databases

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  • Subject: Jim Gray article on Next Generation Databases
  • From: Jonathan Robie <jonathan.robie@datadirect.com>
  • Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 17:40:02 -0400
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I thought this was a very seminal article:



> People and organizations are being buried under an unrelenting 
> onslaught of information. As a consequence, everything you thought was 
> true about database architectures is being re-thought.
> Most importantly, algorithms and data are being unified by integrating 
> familiar, portable programming languages into database systems, such 
> that all those design rules you were taught about separating code from 
> data simply won’t apply any longer. Instead, you’ll work with 
> extensible object-relational database systems where nonprocedural 
> relational operators can be used to manipulate object sets. Coupled 
> with that, database systems are well on their way to becoming Web 
> services—and this will have huge implications in terms of how we 
> structure applications. Within this new mind-set, DBMSs become object 
> containers, with queues being the first objects that need to be added. 
> It’s on the basis of these queues that future transaction processing 
> and workflow applications will be built.
> In response, databases are evolving from SQL engines to data 
> integrators and mediators that offer transactional and nonprocedural 
> access to data in many different forms. This means database systems 
> are effectively becoming database operating systems, into which 
> various subsystems and applications can be readily plugged.

Seems like an interesting starting point for thinking about the 
relationship between XQuery and SOA, and their relationship to other 



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