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RE: Jim Gray article on Next Generation Databases

concepts of next generation databases
Claude L Bullard wrote:
>I like this part:
> "One interesting development worth noting, however, has to do 
> with the integration of database systems and file systems..."
	This is a "development"? Doesn't anyone remember VAX/VMS? It had RMS
(Records Management System) which presented the user with a choice of file
types: sequential, block I/O, record oriented, indexed, etc. All built-in.
Having indexed ISAM files as a core function of the operating system was a
wonderful thing... 
	I remember meetings in the mid-80s when we were seriously
considering bundling a stripped down version of RDB (our relational
database) as a component of the VMS operating system as well. The thinking
was that since we could see how all of our application products would be
enhanced if they used RDB for data storage, it might make it easier for us
to build and ship products if developers could simply assume that there was
an RDBMS available on every platform. 

		bob wyman (ex-DEC)


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