I am sitting in the ridiculously nice Seattle weather sipping a local brew watching The Patriot, get this a decent movie starring Mel Gibson, and started thinking about databases and data stores in a gereral high level of abstraction that encompasses Sybase, Oracle, Yukon, and WinFS.
I disappointingly could not abstract much above the standard relational database stuff that came out of the 70s with the competition between IBM's System R and
OK here's my initial straw man list:
Data identified by unique keys.
Relationships expressed through matching keys.
The ability to retrieve information based on mathematical set algebra-calc
There are somewhat implementaiton details that happen to be common amongst most RDBMS and might not be what I am really looking for though. So here is the big question, what makes a database a database and not just a data store? Don't worry, this is going somewhere (in my follow up posts).