This volume contains 14 survey articles by reputed database researchers. They give an account of the state of the art, present research highlights and offer an outlook into the '90s regarding the most likely evolution of database technology-research, ad-tech, products and applications. The volume is structured into the following parts: - The evolution of database technology and its impact on enterprise information systems (keynote paper); - Demands on database systems in the '90s (office, engineering, science, multimedia, standardization); - User aspects (application programmers, ad hoc query users); - Database system and architecture concepts for novel applications (data models, object orientation, deductive DBMS, extensibility, data replication); - System and implementation aspects (performance and reliability, distributed and cooperative DBMS, hardware impact). The volume may serve as an orientation for all those who are interested in database systems and their impact on computer applications.
Database role in information systems: The evolution of database technology and its impact on enterprise information systems.- Future database technology: Driving forces and directions.- Management of Multimedia Complex Objects in the '90s.- Database language standards: Past, present, and future.- Language technology for post-relational data systems.- Human factors of database systems.- Evolution of data models.- Object-oriented database systems: Concepts and perspectives.- Deductive database rule languages: Analysis and case study.- Extensibility in the starburst experimental database system.- Logical foundation of data replication.- Trends in distributed and cooperative database management.- Performance and reliability issues in future DBMSs.- The impact of hardware on database systems.