Observations on Data Manipulation Languages and Their Embedding in General Purpose Programming Languages.

Michael Stonebraker, Lawrence A. Rowe: Observations on Data Manipulation Languages and Their Embedding in General Purpose Programming Languages. VLDB 1977: 128-143
  author    = {Michael Stonebraker and
               Lawrence A. Rowe},
  title     = {Observations on Data Manipulation Languages and Their Embedding
               in General Purpose Programming Languages},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Very Large
               Data Bases, October 6-8, 1977, Tokyo, Japan},
  publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
  year      = {1977},
  pages     = {128-143},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/StonebrakerR77.html},
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Many data base query languages, both stand-alone and coupled to a general purpose programming language, have been proposed. A number of issues that various designs have addressed in different ways are treated in this paper. These issues include the specification of performance options, side effects, implicitness, the handling of types and the time of binding. In all cases, the emphasis is on a comparative analysis, rather than on an exhaustive survey of proposals. Several general observations on language design for data base access are also made.

Copyright © 1977 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). Abstract used with permission.

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