Thursday, September 28

Object Databases, Part I

The choice of the backing store in a large project is almost always a political decision that's already been made for you. If your company already has a farm of Oracle 9 databases, well... that automatically becomes your choice. Rarely does a single consultant or developer get to pick a database solution. It's almost always a case of, "This is what we have; deal with it."

So chances are high that I'll never ever get to use Object Databases in a project situation, given their poor market penetration. However, here is an excellent comparison of Object Databases versus traditional RDBMS systems from DevX.

I am playing around with an Object Database called db4o, which is licensed under GPL for non-commerical use. More on that later.

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