Complex data is often characterized by:
- A lack of unique, natural identification.
- A large number of many-to-many relationships.
- Access using traversals.
- Frequent use of type codes such as those found in the relational schema
The discussion of complex data will use the following fragment of a clothing database that represents an XML data structure stored as objects. XML file for this complex data example.
Examples and more explanation can be found below.
More detail for the current topic: Complex Data
- Lack of Unique Identification
- Many-to-Many Relationships
- Access Using Traversals
- Frequent Use of Type Codes
- XML File for the Complex Data Example
More on the general topic: When an Object Database Should Be Used
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