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By R. O. and C. M. E. Yates. (eds) Gandy

Amsterdam 1971 North-Holland. complaints of the summer time tuition and colloquium in mathematical common sense, Manchester, August 1969. 8vo., 452pp. VG, gentle soiling, no DJ.

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As part of the standard computer software, we envisage a number of 'service functions' which can be called in a 'stand-alone' mode, or be offered as part of the operating system itself. Usually, it is a mixture of both resulting in a 'hotch-potch' of software. An attempt is thus made here to look at these service functions from the DBMS point of view, that is, database-related activities. Service functions must be studied very closely and very carefully before any type of software is built around or in conjunction with the operating system.

There are also cases where multiple data items become secondary keys in order to satisfy more complex requests. The ability of database management systems to handle multiple secondary keys does, in fact, form one of the strongest arguments for their adoption. In what follows, we discuss this aspect by considering the terms 'data item' and 'key' to be synonymous. When multiple secondary keys become necessary, then it may be possible to separate the records in one file and the keys in another. The keys can then be manipulated independent of the actual data, that is, without reading the source records themselves.

This is in fact what is being attempted by many database gurus today: the design of a Device Media Control Language (DMCL) offering yet another software layer between hardware and storage schema. However, for our purposes here, when we refer to an internal schema we will consider it synonymous or rather tautologous to storage, physical and device schema. 4 TYPES OF USERS For an organisation to be managed effectively it becomes necessary to identify specific tasks and to define these accurately for the benefit of all.

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