Approaches to deductive object-oriented databases

AAA Fernandes, NW Paton, MH Williams, A. Bowles

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The paper is concerned with the problem of combining deductive and object-oriented features to produce a deductive object-oriented database system which is comparable to those currently available under the relational view of data modelling not only in its functionality but also in the techniques employed in its construction and use. Under this assumption, the kinds of issues that have to be tackled for a similar research strategy to produce comparable results are highlighted. The authors motivate their terms of comparison, characterize three broad approaches to deductive object-oriented databases and introduce the notion of language convergence to help in the characterization of some shortcomings that have been perceived in them. Three proposals that have come to light in the past three years are looked into in some detail, in so far as they exemplify some of the positions in the space of choices defined. The main contribution of the paper is towards a characterization of the language convergence property of deductive database languages which has a key role in addressing critiques of the deductive and object-oriented database research enterprise. A basic familiarity with notions from deductive databases and from object-oriented databases is assumed. © 1992.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-803
Number of pages17
JournalInformation and Software Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1992


  • data modelling
  • datalog
  • deductive databases
  • object-oriented databases
  • prolog


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