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Object-Oriented Languages

The expression of object-orientation can be done in one of two ways.

  1. The concepts of object-orientation can be used purely as a design tool, and are encoded into, e.g., a relational database. E.g., ER modeling.
  2. The concepts of object-orientation are incorporated into a language that is used to manipulate the database. There are several possible languages into which the concepts can be integrated.
    1. Extend a DML such as SQL by adding complex types and object-orientation. Systems that provide object-oriented extensions to relational systems are called object-relational systems.
    2. Take an existing object-oriented programming language and extend it to deal with database. Such languages are called persistent programming languages.

Osmar Zaiane
Mon Jun 29 17:30:13 PDT 1998