Project #76383 - Database Structures, Languages, and Architectures

Database Structures, Languages, and Architectures

Assignment Overview

In the world of databases and database management, it is extremely important to know the strength and limits of database management systems. Organizational investments in databases of even modest scope can easily go up to seven figures, it is crucial to understand information provided by product or service vendors to make informed decisions. This module will help us gain valuable skills to be able to review and evaluate documents provided by vendors.

Robin Bloor is the author of a White Paper entitled The Failure of Relational Database, The Rise of Object Technology, and the Need for the Hybrid Database: A Revolutionary Paradigm. Since this paper is associated with Intersystems Corp., the firm that sponsors the Cache DBMS, it is clearly commercially oriented. However, the paper has demonstrated a serious attempt to discuss issues about databases and the relationship between object and relational databases.

For this Case Assignment, you are to review and evaluate Bloor's paper based on what you have learned or can find out about the issues underlying it. To begin with, we recommend the following comparison:


We also recommend that you review the following document.

InterSystems (2005) Cache technology guide, Chapter 1: Data modeling: relational or object Access.

The following recent article provides some solutions to information integration in the enterprises with focus on the interconnection between relational databases and object-oriented approaches. Please locate the article from the TUI library and read carefully.

Bernstein, P., & Haas, L. (2008). Information integration in the enterprise. Communications of the ACM, 51 (9), 72-79.

If you still want to learn more about hybrid databases, please read the following optional reading. Since it is a long article, you can choose to read the introduction, conclusion and any sections that interest you rather than the entire article.

Hvizdos, B.C., Cochrane, R., Hvizdos, M., Josifovski, J., Kleewein, J., Lapis, G., ...,& Zhangm G. (2006). DB2 goes hybrid: integrating native XML and XQuery with relational data and SQL, IBM Systems Journal, 45(2), 271-298.

To gain more understanding on databases, you would also need to read materials listed under background information.

Case Assignment

When you've read through the articles and related material and thought about it carefully, please compose a paper on the topic:

Discuss the tradeoffs between relational and object-oriented database management systems

Your paper should be between three and five pages, not including cover sheet and references. Take a definite stand on the issues, and develop your supporting argument carefully. Using material from the background information and any other sources you can find to support specific points in your argument is highly recommended; try to avoid making assertions for which you can find no support other than your own opinion.

Your paper is to be structured as a point/counterpoint argument, in the following manner.

  • Begin this paper by stating your position on this question clearly and concisely
  • Cite appropriate sources, present the reasons why you take this position. Be sure to make the most effective case you can.
  • Then present the best evidence you can, again citing appropriate sources, against your position -- that is, establish what counterarguments can be made to your original position.
  • Finally, review your original position in light of the counterarguments, showing how they are inadequate to rebut your original statement.

By the end of your paper, you should be able to unequivocally re-affirm your original position.

Assignment Expectations (50 points total)

Length: Follow the number of pages required in the assignment excluding cover page and references. Each page should have about 300 words.

Assignment-driven criteria (25 points): Demonstrates clear understanding of the subject and addresses all key elements of the assignment.

Critical thinking (10 points): Demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem. Shows analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of required material.

Scholarly writing (5 points): Demonstrates writing proficiency at the academic level of the course; addresses the Learning Outcomes of the assignment.

Quality of references (4 points) and assignment organization (3 points): Uses relevant and credible sources to support assertions. Assignment is well organized and follows the structure of a well-written paper.

Citing sources (3 points): Uses in-text citations and properly formats references in APA style.

Subject Computer
Due By (Pacific Time) 07/20/2015 12:00 am
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