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Author Abiteboul, Serge ♦ Vianu, Victor
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1989
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract An operational approach to database specification is proposed and investigated. Valid database states are described as the states resulting from the application of admissible transactions, specified by a transactional schema. The approach is similar in spirit to the modeling of behavior by methods and encapsulation in object-oriented systems. The transactions considered are line programs consisting of insertions, deletions, and modifications, using simple selection conditions. The results concern basic properties of transactional schemas, as well as the connection with traditional constraint schemas. In particular, the expressive power of transactional schemas is characterized. Although it is shown that transaction-based specification and constraint-based specification are incomparable, constraints of practical interest that have corresponding transactional schemas are identified. The preservation of constraints by transactions is also studied.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1989-10-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 36
Issue Number 4
Page Count 32
Starting Page 758
Ending Page 789

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Source: ACM Digital Library