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RE: Slightly off subject - UniData DB

From: Vergara, Michael (TEM) <>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 08:21:44 -0800
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Actually, UNIDATA, UNIVERSE, Pick, et. al. use a modified form of Dartmouth BASIC as their primary programming language. Like Java, it is 'compiled' down to bytecodes, which are then read by the runtime engine. It's actually very fast, especially when compared to Java.  

Remember a while back when Larry announced a machine that would boot to the SQL prompt, and have it's o/s functions available from there? That's exactly the Pick model. It used to only run in a native mode environment - you bought a machine with Pick running on it from a vendor like MicroData, Ultimate, Evolution, GA. Now most Pick variants are available to run in most UNIX environments.  

I once used Pick to create a patient management system for an eye-doctor friend of mine - I called it PMS. Funny, it went nowhere...wonder why...    

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2003 10:02 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L

You may try to convert ADABAS programer to program for this database. ADABAS also use arrays and arrays of structure in the database design.  

Yechiel Adar

Worked with it for about three years. It is a multi-value database that follows the design of the Pick database. A field can hold more than one piece of data, much like an array. Good luck in trying to hire anyone with any experience programming against a multivalue database. I would say this is a shrinking market. If you have to integrate this database with other database platforms(Oracle, SQL Server, DB2) then I wish you luck. It also is going to be a real pain trying to train your (L)user that will be running queries against this database with tools like excel and access. If possible I would try to stay away from it.  

Just my $.02  


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2003 9:02 AM
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Does, or has, anyone worked with IBM's UniData DB? Positives and negatives? Where is this product going? Any comments whatsoever.  

Ken Janusz, CPIM


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