Sybase will not support the SQL3 standard in the first release of its Adaptive Server object/relational database, due by the middle of this year.
To write so-called 'snap-ins', which deal with non-relational datatypes such as image and text, users will initially need to write their packages to the database supplier's Open Client and Open Server application programming interfaces. This saves them writing to OSQL APIs, as they will have to using competitors' products.
The High Performance Binding Layer, which sits on top of the SQL Server database and various snap-ins, makes them all appear as SQL Server databases to the user.
The next release, which will support SQL3, means programmers will need to encapsulate their applications in the Object Management Group's Interface Definition Language (IDL). IDL talks natively to the High Performance Binding Layer and communications between the object-based applications would be managed via a Corba-compliant object request broker.
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