Data Management

The Schema-Independent Database UI

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Executive Summary

If one has ever encountered a piece of highly domain-specific business software, one might have noticed that it was largely a graphical front-end to some relational database. One might also, in fact, have avoided using the system at all - studies show that information workers prefer to dump their data into spreadsheets, a general and more familiar tool which, unfortunately, is poorly suited for many standard database tasks. It is time that people stop streamlining the process of creating a new application for every schema, and that they instead develop the visual query languages that will let end-users access the full power of relational database management systems from a simple and unified interface.

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