With the Associative model there is not record. When assembling all of the current information on a complex order the data storage needs to be re-visited multiple times. This could pose as a disadvantage. Some calculations seem to suggest that Associative database would need as many as four times the data reads as the relational database.
All of the changes and deletions to the Associative model are directly affected by adding links to the database. However we must not that a deleted association is not actually deleted itself. Rather it is linked to an assertion that has been deleted. Also when an entity is re-named it is not actually re-named but rather linked to its new name.
In order to reduce the complexity that is a direct result from the parameterization required by heftier software packages we can rely on the chapters, profiles and the continuation of database engines that expect data stored to be different between the individual entities or associations. To set of or hold back program functions in a database the use of “Flags” has begun to be practiced.
The packages that are based on an Associative model would use the structure of the database along with the metadata to control this process. This can ultimately lead to the generalization of what are often lengthy and costly implementation processes.
A generalization such as this would produce considerable cost reductions for users purchasing or implementing bigger software packages, this could reduce risks related with the changes of post implementation as well.
Some ask if there is still an ongoing demand for a better database. Honestly, there will always be that demand. The weaker points of the current relational model are now apparent, due to the character of the data we still need to store changing. Binary structures that are supportive to multimedia have posed real challenged for relational databases in the same way that the object-oriented programming methods did.
When we look back on the Object databases we can see that they have no conquered the market, and have their cousins the hybrid relational products with their object extensions. So will the Associative model solve some of the issues surrounding the relational model? The answer is not entirely clear, though it may resolve some issues it is not completely clear how efficiently the model will manage when set against the bigger binary blocks of data.
The security of data is crucial, as is the speed of transaction. User interfaces and database management facilities should but up to pace. When a database is designed to aid in the use of internet applications it should allow back ups without needing to take the data off-line as well.
Programming interfaces need to be hearty and readily available to a range of development languages, the Associative database will need to show that it is good practice to store data using the subject-verb-object method in every case as well. There will always be questions about maintaining performance as the database grows, this should be expected.
Areas of the Associative database design do seem simpler then the relational models, still as we have pointed out there are also areas that call for careful attention. There are issues related to the creation of chapters that remain daunting at best.
Even so, if the concept of the Associative model proves itself to be a genuinely feasible and is able to bring out a new and efficient database, then others could bring to life products that are built upon the base ideas that exist with this model.
There is definitely an undeniable demand for a faster operating database model that will scale up to bigger servers and down to the smaller devices. It will be an interesting journey to witness; I personally would like to see if the future databases built using this model can make their mark in the market.
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