RE: Jim Gray article on 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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