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To be useful, data held and used in information systems has to live up to a number of expectations. The data should be an accurate representation of its source. It should be reliable. The data should have internal consistency. The data should adhere to rules based on the logic of the real world. This accuracy, internal quality, and reliability of data is frequently referred as data integrity.
Safeguarding the integrity of data is a challenge, one that increases in complexity when multiple users access and manipulate the data simultaneously , obviously a common situation. And that challenge reaches new heights when the data is managed in multiple independent data stores rather than a single database.
Earlier this month, the Oracle Technology Network published an article that I recently wrote on this subject: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/soa/jellema-data-integrity-1932181.html. I was triggered into writing it by two recent experiences.
One was at a customer of mine where we are designing a service oriented architecture, based on a number of distinct and independent data domains. These domains are exposed through elementary (entity) services. A second tier of More >
RuleGen 3.0 – the latest, leanest and most robust solution for complex data constraints in an Oracle Database0
No matter how complex the enterprise and application architectures become, no matter the number of tiers, services, devices and user interfaces – at the heart of most enterprises will be a relational database.
And no matter how hard we try to implement a fully service based architecture or a multi-purpose business tier (for example using EJBs) – we will have multiple routes to the database and the data in it. Data will be manipulated through web applications, web services, client/server applications, batch database jobs, application managers working directly against the database from the command line or TOAD-like tools. If for no other reason – that by itself is an overridding motivation for enforcing every data constraint at the lowest possible level – the one level that none of these channels can avoid: the database itself. In addition to the fact that only enforcement inside the database can provide real integrity (and what the hack would be semi-real integrity?), for most data rules (especially complex ones) implementation inside the database is the most performant, scalable, maintainable, managable, agile, elegant and easy to implement as well.
Note: I am not advocating that More >