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{{short description|DBMS that is based on the relational model}}{{mergeto|Relational database|discuss=Talk:Relational database#New merger proposal|date=April 2018}}(File:RDBMS structure.png|thumbnail|right|The general structure of a relational database.)A relational database management system (RDBMS) is a database management system (DBMS) based on the relational model of data. Most databases in widespread use today are based on this model.BOOK,weblink Concepts of Database Management, Pratt, Philip J., Last, Mary Z., 2014-09-08, Course Technology, 9781285427102, 8, English, 29, RDBMSs have been a common option for the storage of information in databases used for financial records, manufacturing and logistical information, personnel data, and other applications since the 1980s. Relational databases have often replaced legacy hierarchical databases and network databases, because RDBMS were easier to implement and administer. Nonetheless, relational databases received continued, unsuccessful challenges by object database management systems in the 1980s and 1990s, (which were introduced in an attempt to address the so-called object-relational impedance mismatch between relational databases and object-oriented application programs), as well as by XML database management systems in the 1990s.{{citation needed|date=March 2013}} However, due to the expanse of technologies, such as horizontal scaling of computer clusters, NoSQL databases have recently become popular as an alternative to RDBMS databases.WEB,weblink 2018-03-14, NoSQL databases eat into the relational database market,

Market share

According to DB-Engines, in June 2018, the most widely used systems were Oracle, MySQL (Free software), Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL (Free software), IBM DB2, Microsoft Access, and SQLite (Free software).WEB,weblink 2017-05-31, DB-Engines Ranking of Relational DBMS, According to research company Gartner, in 2011, the five leading Proprietary software relational database vendors by revenue were Oracle (48.8%), IBM (20.2%), Microsoft (17.0%), SAP including Sybase (4.6%), and Teradata (3.7%).WEB,weblink 2012-04-12, 2013-03-01, Oracle the clear leader in $24 billion RDBMS market,


In 1974, IBM began developing System R, a research project to develop a prototype RDBMS.BOOK, Funding a Revolution: Government Support for Computing Research, National Academies Press, 0309062780, 8 Jan 1999
plainurl=y, wvCbAgAAQBAJ, }}BOOK, Fundamentals of Relational Database Management Systems, Springer, 13 Feb 2008, 3540483977last1=Sumathi last2=Esakkirajan, The product was called SQL/DS (Structured Query Language/Data Store) and ran under the DOS/VSE operating system environment, However, the first commercially available RDBMS was Oracle, released in 1979 by Relational Software, now Oracle Corporation.JOURNAL, May 2007, Oracle Timeline, Profit Magazine, 12, 2, 26, Oracle, PDF, 2013-05-16,weblink Other examples of an RDBMS include DB2, SAP Sybase ASE, and Informix. In 1984, the first RDBMS for Macintosh began being developed, code-named Silver Surfer, it was later released in 1987 as 4th Dimension and known today as 4D.WEB,weblink New Database Software Program Moves Macintosh Into The Big Leagues, tribunedigital-chicagotribune, 2016-03-17,

Historical usage of the term

The term "relational database" was invented by E. F. Codd at IBM in 1970. Codd introduced the term in his research paper "A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks"."A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks"In this paper and later papers, he defined what he meant by "relational". One well-known definition of what constitutes a relational database system is composed of Codd's 12 rules. However, no commercial implementations of the relational model conform to all of Codd's rulesBOOK, Date, Chris, Database in depth : relational theory for practitioners, O'Reilly, 0-596-10012-4, , so the term has gradually come to describe a broader class of database systems, which at a minimum:
  • Present the data to the user as relations (a presentation in tabular form, i.e. as a collection of tables with each table consisting of a set of rows and columns);
  • Provide relational operators to manipulate the data in tabular form.
The first systems that were relatively faithful implementations of the relational model were from:
  • University of Michigan -- Micro DBMS (1969)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971)SIGFIDET '74 Proceedings of the 1974 ACM SIGFIDET (now SIGMOD) workshop on Data description, access and control
  • IBM UK Scientific Centre at Peterlee -- IS1 (1970–72) and its successor, PRTV (1973–79)
The first system sold as an RDBMS was Multics Relational Data Store (1978). Ingres and IBM BS12 followed. The most commonly definition of an RDBMS is a product that presents a view of data as a collection of rows and columns, even if it is not based strictly upon relational theory. By this definition, RDBMS products typically implement some but not all of Codd's 12 rules.A second school of thought argues that if a database does not implement all of Codd's rules (or the current understanding on the relational model, as expressed by Christopher J Date, Hugh Darwen and others), it is not relational. This view, shared by many theorists and other strict adherents to Codd's principles, would disqualify most DBMSs as not relational. For clarification, they often refer to some RDBMSs as truly-relational database management systems (TRDBMS), naming others pseudo-relational database management systems (PRDBMS). As of 2009, most commercial relational DBMSs employ SQL as their query language.JOURNAL, SRQL: Sorted Relational Query Language, Ramakrishnan, Raghu, Donjerkovic, Donko, Ranganathan, Arvind, Beyer, Kevin S., Krishnaprasad, Muralidhar, e Proceedings of SSDBM, 1998,weblink Alternative query languages have been proposed and implemented, notably the pre-1996 implementation of Ingres QUEL.

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