An Overview of the Rule-Based Object Language

Research paper by Mengchi Liu

Indexed on: 01 Jan '98Published on: 01 Jan '98Published in: Journal of Intelligent Information Systems


This paper presents an overview of a novel strongly typed deductive object database language, called Rule-based Object Language, which is being developed at the University of Regina. Rule-based Object Language is a uniform language for defining, querying, and manipulating a database, which integrates important features of deductive databases and object databases. It supports object identity, complex objects, classes, class hierarchies, multiple inheritance with overriding and blocking, and schema definition. It also supports structured values such as functor objects and sets, treating them as first class citizens and providing powerful mechanisms for representing both partial and complete information about sets. Important integrity constraints such as domain, referential, functional dependency, multi-valued dependency, and cardinality are built-in in a uniform framework. Rule-based Object Language directly supports non-first normal form relations and is an extension of the pure valued-oriented deductive languages such as Datalog and LDL (without grouping) and subsumes them as special cases. It supports schema, object, fact and rule queries in a uniform framework. It also supports schema, fact and rule updates.