Object Oriented Databases: A Semantic Data Model Approach

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Overview of semantic data modeling
1.1 Preliminary definitions 2
1.2 Development of the conceptual model 3
1.3 Classical data models 4
1.4 Semantic data models 6
1.5 A brief survey of selected semantic data models 16
1.6 Conclusions 22
2 The extended functional data model as a semantic data model 23
2.1 Introduction 23
2.2 Structures 24
2.3 Operations 29
2.4 Constraints 38
2.5 Derived functions 40
2.6 User views 42
2.7 Schema evolution 43
2.8 Metadata 45
2.9 Comparison with Adaplex 47
2.10 Conclusions 49
3 Issues in application programming and persistent storage of entities and functions 50
3.1 Introduction 50
3.2 Application programming 50
3.3 Database programming languages 51
3.4 Persistent programming languages 53
3.5 Large-scale implementations of semantic data models 59
3.6 Conclusions 65
4 Object-oriented programming systems and concepts 66
4.1 Overview -- representing structure and behavior 66
4.2 Concepts 67
4.3 Object orientation in artificial intelligence 72
4.4 Object-oriented programming languages 78
4.5 Object-oriented programming in Prolog 84
4.6 Object-oriented databases 97
4.7 Summary 105
5 Introducing object-oriented concepts to the functional data model 108
5.1 Introduction 108
5.2 Methods and state change 110
5.3 Meta-descriptions for entities and functions 115
5.4 Keys for entities 118
5.5 Encapsulation of storage details of object store and procedure linkage 123
5.6 Modules as schema partitions and units of commitment 126
5.7 High-level programming architectures using stored procedures 133
5.8 Summary 136
6 P/FDM - an object-based protein modeling system 138
6.1 Introduction 138
6.2 Protein schema design 139
6.3 Querying the database in DAPLEX 145
6.4 Implementation by translation into Prolog 151
6.5 Optimization 156
6.6 Complex database search and object construction 163
6.7 Comparison with EFDM 168
6.8 Conclusion - is P/FDM object-oriented? 170
7 An object-oriented database with multiple inheritance and metaclasses 172
7.1 Object-oriented aspects 173
7.2 Example queries 182
7.3 Database aspects 184
7.4 The role of metaclasses in ADAM 189
7.5 Conclusions 202
8 Conclusions and future directions 203
Appendix 1 DAPLEX syntax 210
Appendix 2 University database in ADAM notation 215
References 218
Index 231
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