ODABA is a Terminology-Oriented Database Management System (TODBMS) based on standards for object-oriented databases (ODMG 2003). Besides requirements for object-oriented databases, which belong to the P2 database family (see “Unified Database Theory”), ODABA also supports several P3 database features (hierarchical set relations). Claiming to be a P3 database, ODABA can be considered as high level intelligent database, which provides a lot of support for application developers and database designers.
ODABA does not yet fully support P3 database family requirements. Full P3 support including aggregation schema support is planned for ODABA version 13 in January 2013.
In order to support complex schema development, application design, programing and software and database maintenance, ODABA provides a family of rapid application development tools for documentation, design and implementation.
A database driven GUI framework based on ADL (??? Active Data Link) technology, provides extended comfort for GUI application designers. Since terminology is passed trough all the application layers, terminology definitions become an integrated part of the application e.g. as tool tips or extended help information con field level.
Binary data blocks stored in BLOB properties are supported now by ODABA and the GUI framework. ODABA and ODABA-GUI interfaces have been extended in order to support BLOBs and image resources. Fixed text translation features have been provided as application resources and by ClassEditor (ODE tool). The notification system has been released, which allows attaching notices to most development resources. Several minor improvements have been made for ODE tools. Finally, a pre-release for a MAC OS installation (database and GUI framework) is included in the installation.
The complete list of bugs fixed is available in change and release logs or in notifications delivered with ODABA development databases. ODABA can be downloaded for free and is licensed as GPL software.
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