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Object/Relational Mapping and the Vietnam of Computer Science

Ted Neward sat down with to discuss what he called the "Vietnam of Computer Science," referring to object/relational mapping. Learn why Neward describes object/relational mapping as a quagmire and why he believes programmers pretend that the translation from object model to relational model is invisible, while it's clearly not.

In this tech talk Ted examines object databases, which don't translate to a relational form at all, highlighting db4o as an example of a successfully deployed object database, and describes where their strengths and weaknesses as compared to object/relational systems.


Ted Neward Author of Server-Based Java Programming and Effective Enterprise Java Ted is an independent consultant specializing in high-scale enterprise systems, working with clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to small 10-person shops. He is an authority in Java and .NET technologies, particularly in the areas of Java/.NET integration (both in-process and via integration tools like Web services), back-end enterprise software systems, and virtual machine/execution engine plumbing. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Effective Enterprise Java, C# In a Nutshell, SSCLI Essentials, Server-Based Java Programming, and a contributor to several technology journals.]
db4objects, Inc
May 8, 2007, 09:00 EDT (13:00 GMT)

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