# [jifty-devel] Re: Data partitioning (ie multiple databases)

Jesse Vincent jesse at bestpractical.com
Wed Apr 18 15:34:32 EDT 2007

Robert Barta wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 07, 2007 at 05:40:09PM +0000, Edmund von der Burg wrote:
>
>> Has anyone had any thoughts regarding using jifty with several
>> datasources.
>>
>
> Edmund,
>
> <delurking>
>
> The Jifty, RoR, ... class of web dev frameworks are all assuming that
> underneath they are dealing with data in a relational model.
>
> I here am developing a data integration framework based on Topic Maps
> (TM), one of the SW technologies. Accordingly, any application
> experiences the data
>
>    (a) as a semantic network, organized along the TM paradigm. How the
>        information is actually stored (relational database, XML files,
>        OO database, ...) is just a matter of implementation (= speed vs.
>        flexibility).
>
>        If _several_ data sources come into play, then all are experienced
>        as map and can be merged. "Merging" of maps is an intrinsic
>        operation in the TM universe to maintain the 'identity' of things.
>
> or, alternatively, with one additional layer
>
>    (b) as autovivified objects with classes gleaned from the ontological
>        information behind the sources.
>
> What I would like to see at some stage is a TM::Jifty where a we
> application is resolving backend queries against such a TM engine.
>
>

\rho,

Did anything ever come of your Topic Map engine?

Best,
Jesse