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RE: Jim Gray article on Next Generation Databases

jim gray hard problems
I like this part:

"One interesting development worth noting, however, has to do with the
integration of database systems and file systems. Individuals who keep
thousands of e-mail messages, documents, photos, and music files on their
own personal systems are hard-pressed to find much of anything anymore.
Scale up to the enterprise level, where the number of files is in the
billions, and you've got the same problem on steroids. Traditional folder
hierarchy schemes and filing practices are simply no match for the
information tsunami we all face today. Thus, a fully indexed, semistructured
object database is called for to enable search capabilities that offer us
decent precision and recall. What does this all signify? Paradoxically
enough, it seems that file systems are evolving into database systems-which,
if nothing else, goes to show just how fundamental the semistructured data
problem really is. Data management architects still have plenty of work
ahead of them before they can claim to have wrestled this problem to the

Actually, it will be sufficient to wrestle down the varchars for 
most problems that are problems.  Discipline does the rest.

The longer the spell, the more uncertain the magic.


From: Ken North [mailto:kennorth@s...]

> Perhaps I'm reading too much into this, but in Gray's article, the
> vision does not seem to include a middle tier. The database becomes the
> center of the universe, and pretty much everything we associate with the
> middle tier becomes part of the database.

How to distribute logic - what belongs in the database and in the middle
tier -- 
is an ongoing debate.


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