Bridging the gap between C++ and relational databases

  • Uwe Hohenstein
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1098)


This work presents a new approach to access existing relational databases from C++ programs in an easy and natural way. The coupling of both worlds makes use of data reverse engineering techniques. Semantics that is inherent to relational data is made explicit by using object-oriented concepts extensively. Relationships and subtypes are expressed directly in order to take great benefit of them. C++ application programs are thus given the ability to handle relational data as if they were C++ objects.

The key to our approach is a powerful specification language that allows for defining object-oriented views, i.e., describing how object types, relationships between them, and subtype hierarchies are derived from relational tables. Even complex relational situations can be remodelled in an intuitive and concise manner.

Given a concrete specification, a C++ database interface is generated preserving the object-oriented view for accessing relational data. Access methods are automatically implemented on top of the relational system.


Relational Database Relation Clause Object Type Relational Schema Runtime System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uwe Hohenstein
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  1. 1.Corporate Research and DevelopmentSiemens AGMünchenGermany

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