Navigation with an Object Database
A common way of accessing object data is by navigation, also known as
"traversal." The term is derived from the access patterns for the data
structures that are common with object models. Many times these structures are
"trees" or "graphs." If you would draw one of these data
structures, it might look something like the diagram shown below. Moving from
one node in this graph to another node is navigating or traversing the data
structure. This navigation is built into object programming languages such as
Java or C++.
For coding examples of navigation, see How to Access Data in an Object Database.
More on the general topic: Object-Oriented Database Management System (OODBMS) Definition
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