Patent number 8527532 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Programming languages frequently operate on software models having one or more attributes known as objects. A programming language can interact with an object using different persistence frameworks. A persistence framework can include data structures used to store values for the various attributes of an object and one or more processes for interacting with the stored object. Persistence frameworks can include, for example, relational databases and hierarchical storage systems. A relational database can store an object as a row of a table having a predefined number of columns, with each attribute of the object mapped to a column of the table. A hierarchical storage system can store an object as a node in a tree data structure resembling a file system, with each attribute of the object being mapped to a property of the node.
"A hierarchical storage system can provide advantages over a relational database, such as increased flexibility and clarity for data handling in content management applications. For example, a hierarchical storage system can be used to store unstructured content that does not necessarily fit in a predefined schema, as opposed to a relational database that requires an object to conform to a data schema (i.e., the columns of a table). Thus, a hierarchical storage system can be better suited than a relational database for storing unstructured or semi-structured data such as web content.
"However, developers of applications may be unfamiliar with the standards for hierarchical storage system and therefore may opt to develop applications for relational database systems rather than hierarchical storage system. For example, relational database systems can provide simple methods of handling the business logic of an application. Accordingly, the simplicity of developing applications configured to interact with relational database systems may dissuade developers from leveraging the advantages of hierarchical storage systems."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Systems and methods are disclosed for transforming function calls formatted for interacting with a relational database to a function call formatted for a hierarchical data structure. An exemplary embodiment involves a processor receiving a function call formatted to operate on a relational database. The function call references an object in the relational database by referencing at least one table of the relational database and at least one column of the at least one table. The processor transforms the function call into a transformed function call formatted for interacting with a hierarchical data structure. The hierarchical data structure comprises a plurality of nodes, wherein each node has a single parent node. The processor applies the transformed function call to one or more nodes of the hierarchical data structure.
"These illustrative features are mentioned not to limit or define the disclosure, but to provide examples to aid understanding thereof. Additional embodiments are discussed in the Detailed Description, and further description is provided there. Advantages offered by one or more of the various embodiments may be further understood by examining this specification or by practicing one or more embodiments presented."
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