InfoWorld. April 18, 1988, Vol. 10 Issue 16, p53, 7 p. table High-end relational database management systems: InfoWorld benchmarks.
Evaluation, Relational Data Base Management Systems, Fourth-Generation Language, SQL, Informix-4GL 1.10.02 (Data base management system), Ingres 5.0 (Data base management system), Professional Oracle 5.1A (Data base management system), Ramis-PC Workstation 2.0 (Data base management system), and PC/Focus 3.0 (Data base management system)
Evaluations of five high-end relational database management systems are presented. High-end relational DBMSs evolved from the corporate practice of distributing database applications throughout a broad range of PCs and other computers. The programs are designed for the manipulation of enormous amounts of information. Many of these programs began as mainframe and minicomputer systems and have been adapted to the microcomputer. These programs are complex and powerful, with fourth-generation languages that give users access to specific data structures and language interfaces that let users connect with other language codes. All five program reviewed require considerable in-house support but are time- and resource-saving ways to off-load prototyping and development from large system. Ramis-PC Workstation is the easiest to use; Ingres and PC-Focus offer the best mix of features, power, and ease of use.
InfoWorld. April 18, 1988, Vol. 10 Issue 16, p59, 3 p. chart Product summary: Professional Oracle, Version 5.1A.
Evaluation, Relational Data Base Management Systems, SQL, Oracle Corp. -- Product information, and Professional Oracle 5.1A (Data base management system)
Professional Oracle, Version 5.1A from Oracle Corp requires PC-DOS or MSDOS 3.0 or later, an IBM PS-2, AT, Compaq 386, or compatible, 640Kbytes of RAM, 896Kbytes of extended memory, and a 7.5Mbyte hard drive. The relational DBMS costs $1,295 for a production license and $199 for a promotional development license. Oracle's hardware needs are extensive, the documentation is poor, installation is hard, and the program's mainframe orientation is painfully obvious in the unnecessarily difficult use. But the program is extremely powerful and highly functional for programmers. Its strength include: the SQL Plus interface; complete SQL implementation; the report generator; the forms manager-designer; the spreadsheet; the LAN support system; and C language environment. Professional Oracle is a powerful environment for prototyping mainframe applications but is suited for seasoned database programmers only.
InfoWorld. April 18, 1988, Vol. 10 Issue 16, p61, 2 p. chart Product summary: Ramis PC-Workstation, Version 2.0.
Evaluation, Relational Data Base Management Systems, SQL, Fourth-Generation Language, Online International Inc. -- Product information, and Ramis-PC Workstation 2.0 (Data base management system)
The Ramis PC-Workstation, Version 2.0 high-end relational DBMS from Online Software International requires a hard disk, PC-DOS 2.0 or MS-DOS 2.11 or later, an IBM PC or compatible, and 512Kbytes of RAM. The $495 single-user program is a functional system for modest 4GL PC tasks only; the interface is by far the easiest to install, use, and master among high-end RDBMSs but trades off power. The subset of high-end functions proves a remarkably effective mix despite being the weakest among high-end RDBMSs, but the programming language is inadequate and the SQL implementation is incomplete. Automation tools for prototyping applications are available with the system. In addition, other PC programs can be built into Ramis' command shell, and a wide range of interfaces to other programs are included. Ramis is recommended as a front-end to mainframe RDBMSs or for light 4GL PC work.