Object-Oriented Query Language Design and Processing

Chan, Daniel Kim Chung (1994) Object-Oriented Query Language Design and Processing. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis proposes an object-oriented query language that is more powerful than many existing query languages. The language is formally specified and its expressive power is demonstrated by giving four translation schemes from other prominent object-oriented query languages. Further, this query language can be supported by a query algebra and both the query language and query algebra can be optimised using meaning preserving transformation rules. Object-Oriented Query Languages. The functional requirements of high-level object-oriented query languages are identified and they combine as well as supplement features found in existing object-oriented query languages. Effectively they formulate a query model against which existing query languages can be evaluated and compared. An evaluation of four representative query languages chosen from research prototypes and commercial products shows that none satisfies all the requirements. On the basis of the requirements a new query language, object comprehensions, is developed to provide a concise, clear, powerful, and optimisable query language for object-oriented databases. Some optimisation opportunities for the novel features are identified. A set of translation schemes from the query languages studied to object comprehensions is presented. Such translations demonstrate that object comprehensions are at least as powerful as these query languages and a system supporting object comprehensions can potentially support multiple query languages by providing translations to object comprehensions. Algebraic Support. The canonical algebra provides an abstract execution engine with which object comprehension queries can be expressed using algebraic operations. The translation scheme from object comprehensions to the canonical algebra is very simple and is no for supporting queries involving mixed collection classes The canonical algebra shares many operations with other query algebras and is formally specified. A set of transformation rules that can be used for optimisation is presented whose validity can be verified given the formal specification. Formal Data Model. The data model which forms the basis of investigation is formally defined using the specification language Z. This reference data model captures all the essential features of existing object-oriented data models including multiple inheritance. However, unlike existing data models, it also supports a generalised form of method over-loading. Static type checking of such overloaded methods is studied in this thesis.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Phil Trinder
Keywords: Computer science
Date of Award: 1994
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1994-76045
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 17:04
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 17:04
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/76045

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