Chapter 61

The Object/Relational Features of Oracle8

Donald K. Burleson

There has been a huge debate about the benefits of adding objects into mainstream database management. For years, a small but highly vocal group of object-oriented bigots preached the object revolution with an almost religious fervor. However, the object-oriented databases languished in the backwaters until the major relational database vendors made a commitment to incorporate objects into their relational engines. Now that object-orientation is becoming a reality, Oracle developers are struggling to understand how the new object extensions are going to change their lives.

Oracle’s commitment to objects was not just acknowledgment of a fad; the benefits of being able to ...

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