At a recent conference, a Giga client expressed a concern to me. He said, "Object-oriented programmers have a strong voice in our installation; they are using object-oriented technology as an excuse to question why we need the data group, which I head, to help with integration. They say that objects will do that for them. Is the relational database approach a valid foundation for system integration, and where does the relational approach support or intersect with object-oriented technology (OOT)?"

First things first. Both data and methods (processes, procedures) are required for a complete application. The data without the method is meaningless; the method without the data is empty. Both are required. So what is the issue? The issue is that we really are dealing with different paradigms in comparing object-oriented programming and relational database technologies.

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