Thursday, Afternoon
Transitioning to Object Databases
Convention Ctr – 205D
Akmal Chaudhri, City University, London
William Cole, JumpStart Systems, Inc.

Object databases are a mature technology, although their successful usage and adoption have generally been confined to a number of vertical markets, such as financial trading systems or telecommunications network management. In part, the limited use of this technology has been due to a lack of knowledge or understanding of its full potential. Through examples, the goal of this tutorial is to educate and inform participants about the capabilities of this technology, applications for which it is well-suited, how this technology can successfully co-exist with existing database systems, and how it can be used to enhance the capabilities of existing database systems in multi-tier architectures.

After attending this tutorial, participants will possess a good understanding of the major issues described above and will be able to apply a decision framework that will assist them in determining if object databases are appropriate for their projects.

Presentation Format: The tutorial will be presentation based with attendee participation encouraged where they have useful experiences to contribute.

Attendee Background: Attendees should have a working knowledge of Database Management Systems, object-oriented programming languages, multi-tier architectures, and software development techniques.

Akmal B. Chaudhri has been working with object databases in both academia and industry for nearly 10 years. He has been a regular tutorial presenter and co-presenter on object databases at a number of international conferences. He has contributed papers on object databases to a number of journals, seminars and conferences and has co-edited the book “Object Databases in Practice” with Dr. Mary Loomis. He has also co-organized the very successful workshops on “Object Database Behavior, Benchmarks and Performance” at OOPSLA‘95, “Experiences Using Object Data Management in the Real-World” at OOPSLA‘97 and “Java™ and Databases: Persistence Options” at OOPSLA‘99. He is currently working on the book “Succeeding with Object Databases” with Professor Roberto Zicari. He holds a B.Sc. in Computing & Information Systems, an M.Sc. in Business Systems Analysis & Design and a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He is a member of the British Computer Society Data Management Specialist Interest Group.

Bill Cole has twenty years of commercial information and engineering systems experience, the last ten years concentrated solely in object-oriented technology, utilizing Smalltalk and a variety of database technologies to implement distributed applications. He has strategically consulted with over twenty Fortune-500 firms in the area of transitioning to object-oriented technology, including OO project management, OO analysis and design, and OO software quality assurance. He is President/CEO of JumpStart Systems, Inc., and is still an active member of JumpStart’s consulting unit. He has written numerous articles on OO transition and development and has spoken at numerous industry conventions, including previous OOPSLAs.

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