Introducing a post-relational database for .NET


When it comes to database for .NET, there are several options in addition to the well known ones such as SQL Server or MySQL. One of them is Matisse, a post-relational database by Matisse Software.

Why Matisse? It is the only SQL database that I know of, which is extended with complete object capabilities and natively supports .NET. It features user defined types, inheritance, polymorphism, and a simple data model with declarative constraints, etc. Over the last two years I have acquired practical knowledge of Matisse while working on several .NET projects that required complex data modeling.

While one can find press articles that provide high-level comparisons between mainstream relational databases and other products, I have not seen yet a simple step-by-step tutorial to help developers who wish to try their hand at new generation databases. I therefore resolved to publish a series of short articles to help address this void. Here is the first one.

This first article covers a quick overview of SQL programming with Matisse. The subsequent articles, coming weekly, will show how to develop database applications with .NET and ASP.NET in more detail.

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