It is a well known fact that Java as a programming language sets a new paradigm in the software industry. Suddenly, every software programmer worth his salt was in the midst of software jargon like ‘platform-independence’, ‘cross-platform-deployment’ and ‘the Java Virtual Machine’. In fact, it didn’t take long for Java to achieve ‘most in-demand status’ among many software languages, and became the most preferred tool for building software; Software specifically for the web. As the recent trends in the industry show, Java is set to occupy an undisputed position as the most preferred software programming language for a long time to come. It is actually to Java’s credit that many of the major vendors who tried to emulate Java’s capabilities failed miserably in the effort.
The importance of Java in the software landscape has given rise to another major trend. Software vendors are either rewriting their existing products in Java, or creating new products exclusively or partially in Java. This has led many analysts to question the need to port already existing applications to Java. While the prospects for porting small or medium-sized software to Java may not be a concern, it assumes significance when we consider porting existing databases that can handle millions of sensitive blocks of information. Similarly, experts also have to decide between deploying reputed databases in their organizations and new databases developed completely in Java. Analysts will have to answer a number of pertinent questions such as: What are the advantages of a Java RDBMS that would compel my company to adopt it? Would it be cost effective to convert to an RDBMS with all the advantages of Java? Will the cost involved in porting millions of existing records justify the perceived performance and scalability features of a Java RDBMS? How secure will the new RDBMS be? What is the learning curve that has to be dealt with by the staff assigned to this database? In fact, before making the all-important decision of switching to a Java RDBMS, the concerned technical head may ask himself many questions. Let’s try to find out some answers.
What are the advantages of Java RDBMS?
Okay, so we all know that Java is poised to capture, or has already captured, a large segment of the software market. However, how does this justify the use of a Java database? After all, Java is not theoretically able to integrate with any database? What are the advantages that can be availed by Java RDBMS?
Well the answer is quite simple. The Java RDBMS has, or supports, highly sought-after properties of Java, which is the most important reason to switch to it. Some of the Java RDBMS already available in the markets respond to the immediate concerns of the technical leadership in the most persuasive way. For example, Daffodil DB, an RDBMS written in Java, considers the following to be its main strengths:
Multiple Platform Portability
java stored procedures
transparent to the end user
zero administration effort
Some of these features are worth a second look.
One RDBMS, Many Avatars
The Java RDBMS not only provides the advantages of Java, but also introduces new concepts that can revolutionize database programming techniques. For starters, the very well known portability of Java is the main strength of Java RDBMS. Now, you don’t need to buy different RDBMS for different platforms within the same enterprise. Apart from cost factors, the biggest benefit that such an arrangement can have is that there is no need to redesign the code in-house for different platforms. By standardizing the databases used, programs operating across platforms can interact transparently and effectively. Project managers will attest that portability, synchronization, and optimization efforts for software running on different platforms are some of the most time-consuming and stressful activities in the office. Now all these activities can be easily implemented with Java RDBMS in its right place.
Store and use those procedures with abandon
Security buffs within the enterprise will always throw a tantrum when dealing with stored procedures. Traditionally, the implementation of stored procedures was the responsibility of the specific application vendor, and most of them could cause internal errors to crash the entire database, wasting precious time and money. Java stored procedures with its built-in security features are the new craze of security administrators who are finding it powerful, fast and very secure. Java does not implement pointers, and is therefore a safe bet for developers to write safe code and procedures. Furthermore, given all the activities (sandbox approach) with the JVM, there is no scope for external access that could put mission critical enterprise applications at risk.
transparent to the end user
Java technologies have always been at the forefront of giving us seamless transparent applications, with utmost importance given to the built-in security features. In a Java RDBMS, database components can be embedded in applications, and they can perform complex tasks without user intervention. Furthermore, the user does not need to know the complexities of the database as the embedded database components will do all the work for him without even knowing about it. This allows the user to focus on their tasks instead of configuring the database, which is a helpful requirement. In addition, other routine activities such as starting the server and configuring the database frequently can also be avoided. Perhaps the biggest advantage offered by a Java RDBMS is that the user does not have to weigh the pros and cons about choosing a database vendor. This is because the Java RDBMS being extremely portable can seamlessly integrate with almost all platforms, and the embedded components will handle all the work of integration with different vendor software. A Java RDBMS can be operated seamlessly across multiple platforms without the need to configure a database for each operating system.
zero administration effort
The Java RDBMS comes with zero administration efforts, which means that once installed and configured, your clients do not need to change their settings to suit the new changes made to your database. Java RDB replaces, or minimizes, the role of database administrator due to its self-managed features and its extremely scalable mode of operation.
If you haven’t thought about it yet, it’s a good time to start thinking about a Java RDBMS. The time is not far when the database industry will be greatly influenced by the power and functionality of Java RDBMS.