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Re: RDBMS? -- another point
- To: zzdev@xxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: RDBMS? -- another point
- From: Ted Nelson <ted@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 04 Nov 1998 20:30:03 +0900
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Andrew points out:
>data elements are not required to partcipate in
>any particular dimensions.
This can be misleading. "Participation" in a dimension
currently has the obscure meaning that a cell has *links*
in a given dimension. All cells *exist* in all dimensions.
At 03:13 PM 11/2/98 +1100, you wrote:
>On Sat, Oct 24, 1998 at 07:20:32PM +0900, Kenichi Unnai wrote:
>> I recently knew about RDBMS (Relational DataBase Management System).
>> Do you know that?
>> If you do, do you find any difference between zigzag and RDBMS?
>> I know zigzag is not database, it's environment, but I think it's the same
>> thing with the concept of hypertext.
>> Hypertext is also the environment, but in another point of view,
>> it's world-wide distributed database system.
>> I need to explain to some guys how different zigzag and RDBMS.
>> I'm striving to do, but I can't have a clear idea.
>> Or can it be compatible with each other?
>> What I want to do is to get a clear explanation that how different, and
>> what the good/bad point are there.
>> Any idea?
>Well, the concept of "database" is very broad (it just means a collection
>of data which users can access and modify) and both Zigzag and hypertext
>build on top of collection of data. However, a relational database
>(RDBMS) is a specific kind of database where the data is structured into
>"relations", defined as tables containing rows ("records") and columns
>Hypertext (or hypermedia) provides for connections between data in the
>form of "links" and/or "transclusions", which can be layered on top of
>just about any kind of database system including RDBMSes. However the
>hypertext/hypermedia concept does not prescribe any particular structure,
>instead enabling each user to create their own structural arrangements
>of the underlying information.
>Zigzag is in a sense a specific example of hypermedia because it also
>provides for connections between data elements including both links
>and transclusions ("clones"), but it does enforce a few structural
>rules - all links must be typed (in a named dimension), bidirectional
>and one-to-one, and data elements are not required to partcipate in
>any particular dimensions. These rules could also be implemented as
>an additional layer over an existing RDBMS - indeed this is one of the
>topics currently under discussion on the Zigzag developer mailing list.
>However a conventional RDBMS by itself does not provide the more powerful
>structuring and viewing facilities of Zigzag.
>Hope that helps,
> *** Xanni ***
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