This section contains articles and papers on important issues
in database today. It is a forum for concepts and ideas that receive little
or no coverage from the mainstream media. The papers and articles in this
section deal with general database ideas and are not vendor-specific.
There are 2 sub-sections:
- Technical Articles
- detailed discussions of important technical concepts in database.
- Issue Papers - controversial
opinion papers on important database issues.
This sub-section contains articles on database technical topics. The technical
information provided is not vendor-specific; it is of general interest to
database users and developers.
It is the purpose of this sub-section to fill in the cracks
- to provide information not available elsewhere.
This sub-section contains opinion papers on important issues in database.
Much of the material in this sub-section is controversial.
Even though Relational Systems dominate the database landscape,
the Relational Model is under attack from within. The Relational Model suffers
from poor implementations. The products from major Relational DBMS vendors
are proprietary, contain well-known bugs and are weak in Relational Functionality.
Standards, including ODBC, are held hostage by large vendors with their
own predatory agenda. The Relational Model and Open Standards are pawns
in the competitive battles between the giants.
The users of database systems are the ones shortchanged by
the inadequacies of these systems. The computer press is concerned with
bells & whistles and with top-selling products, ignoring the real issues
of usability, compatibility and functionality. This forum will try to shed
some light on these areas.
- Should Nulls be considered
harmful?, an examination of the controversy over Nulls in Relational
Database and the issue of missing information.
- ... bridges could collapse, spacecraft
could fall out of the sky, and so on', Do DBMSs Process Subqueries Correctly?,
the logic flaws in ANSI SQL and most RDBMSs and what can be done about
- Open Database Access and ODBC,
a look at open standards for database access, Microsoft's ODBC (Open Database
Connectivity) and the future of ODBC.
- Relational Databases, Do Users Benefit?,
are relational databases beneficial to users?
- In Defense of Nulls,
a controversial position paper by one of the founders of FFE Software.
- A Response to Jim Gray's "A Call to Arms".