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OO database?

Hi all

I can see Postgresql calls itself a "object-relational database
management system", but what's the object part of it?

I have found inheritance, but are there more OO features in postgresql?

br
socketd (a postgresql newbie)

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Nov 12 '05 #1
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After a long battle with technology, db@traceroute.dk (Socketd), an earthling, wrote:
Hi all

I can see Postgresql calls itself a "object-relational database
management system", but what's the object part of it?

I have found inheritance, but are there more OO features in postgresql?


It offers "method dispatch" where the system can invoke different
methods dependent on the types of values passed into a function.
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Nov 12 '05 #2
On Tue, Dec 09, 2003 at 01:11:03AM +0100, Socketd wrote:
Hi all

I can see Postgresql calls itself a "object-relational database
management system", but what's the object part of it?

I have found inheritance, but are there more OO features in postgresql?


object-relational database != OO

The "object-relational" features are things like dynamic datatypes,
function, aggregation functions, user defined operators, etc.

http://wwwdb.web.cern.ch/wwwdb/aboutdbs/classification/

Karel

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