A Source-to-Source Meta-Translation System for Relational Query Languages.

D. I. Howells, N. J. Fiddian, W. A. Gray: A Source-to-Source Meta-Translation System for Relational Query Languages. VLDB 1987: 227-234
  author    = {D. I. Howells and
               N. J. Fiddian and
               W. A. Gray},
  editor    = {Peter M. Stocker and
               William Kent and
               Peter Hammersley},
  title     = {A Source-to-Source Meta-Translation System for Relational Query
  booktitle = {VLDB'87, Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Very
               Large Data Bases, September 1-4, 1987, Brighton, England},
  publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
  year      = {1987},
  isbn      = {0-934613-46-X},
  pages     = {227-234},
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  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/87},
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With the expanding use of database management systems and the rapid rate of change in computer technology, particularly in advent of more powerful workstations, together with standard local and wide area networks, there is an increasing need for the ability to access data distributed across different databases. This can mean that users need to learn several different query languages in order to be able to manipulate their data satisfactorily if it is held in several distinct databases. Recent work in heterogeneous distributed databases [1,2] has shown that it is possible to translate automatically queries posed in the query language of one database system into the query language of another database system. At Cardiff we have collaborated with researchers at other U.K. universities in the development of the PROTEUS [2] heterogeneous distributed database system. This work involved developing a number of separate translators, by traditional methods, which translate queries between different source query languages by means of a common intermediate query language (called NQL [2,3] in PROTEUS).

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Peter M. Stocker, William Kent, Peter Hammersley (Eds.): VLDB'87, Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, September 1-4, 1987, Brighton, England. Morgan Kaufmann 1987, ISBN 0-934613-46-X
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  3. Norbik Bashah Idris, W. A. Gray, R. F. Churchhouse: Providing Dynamic Security Control in a Federated Database. VLDB 1994: 13-23
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