[OT] The One Hundred Year Data Model

Justin Johansson no at spam.com
Sat May 15 05:06:34 PDT 2010

Perhaps off topic for this NG, though certainly a good topic for LtU, 
but nevertheless D people might have some interesting insight on the 
topic of data models (for programming languages).

So I'll begin with saying, "Forget the Hundred-Year Language"
c.f. http://www.paulgraham.com/hundred.html

and drop the notion of the "Next Big Language" per se.

Let's take a step back and instead ask what might be the Next Big Data 
Model or the Hundred-Year Data Model in the same vein as Paul Graham 
contemplates (link above) a Hundred-Year Programming Language.

While discussions about programming languages, syntax, static vs dynamic 
typing, etc are about ubiquitous and can be as emotional as political 
and religious ideological discussions, it seems (to me at least) that 
in-depth discussions about data models are few and far between.

Apart from the Third Manifesto (the relational database data model) made 
famous in decades past
there have been few advancements in abstract data models since then.

While there may be others, the only significant new data model in the 
last decade that I know of is the XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Data Model (XDM)

With the above preamble, I would like to ask members of the D community 
  to contemplate about what the ubiquitous data model of the future, 
perhaps the Hundred-Year Data Model, might be in shape or form, taking a 
programming language agnostic position.


Justin Johansson

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