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    Object-Oriented Databases

    I have been trying to learn as much as possible about databases and ran across an introduction to Object-Oriented Databases. Does anyone have an opinion about them? Is this something to take notice of? Are there any examples of commercial implementations or is it still in the early stages?

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    There's a fair few examples out there. Probably the biggest in the web design world is the OODB behind Zope (www.zope.org). Open source too.

    Opinions on RDBMS vs OODB vs whatever vary wildly. Personally I'm not a big fan of RDBMSes for a lot of web content. Often a more object-based or document-based persistent storage works better for me. Of course, I do a lot of document-based CM work.

    Heard quite a good breakdown the other day. If you have relatively flat (non-hierarchical), granular information that needs to be regularly updated, use an RDBMS. If you have more hierarchical, less granular (e.g. document-based) information that is not so frequently updated, consider an OODB (or an XML database).
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    Hey Hillsy,

    Thanks for the info on Zope. I'm am reading about it now.

    Cheers


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