RE: Caché Database System Integration With Squeak

Ron Teitelbaum Ron at
Thu Jan 5 14:59:56 UTC 2006


I finally reached the people at Caché and discussed integration with them.
They are working on putting together a group of people to discuss the
possibility of integration and are planning on a call later next week.  They
understand our interest in exploring writing drivers and possibly doing
projection classes to generate Smalltalk objects similar to their work in

They are also discussing integration with squeak and VistA for my company.

I will keep you informed on my progress, but if you would like to join in
the conversations please let me know.

Ron Teitelbaum
President / Principal Software Engineer
US Medical Record Specialists
Ron at 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: squeak-dev-bounces at [mailto:squeak-dev-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Simon Kirk
> Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 7:28 AM
> To: The general-purpose Squeak developers list
> Subject: Re: Caché Database System Integration With Squeak
> Hi again Ron.
> Ron Teitelbaum wrote:
> >Simon,
> >
> >Thanks for the response.  The VA (US Veterans Administration) uses Caché
> for
> >their medical record system and I would like to attach squeak to that
> >system.
> >
> >
> Nice to know that there's a large-scale organisation like that using
> Caché - you guys will carry considerable clout for getting them to
> change things if needed :)
> >It really concerns me that you are having this problem with ODBC on
> Linux.
> >Have you considered their XML interface, or do you think that would be
> way
> >to slow?
> >
> >
> I must confess I didn't know there was an XML interface. However, I
> suspect that it may be a reasonable way to go given a fast enough link
> between the client and server machines, and fast enough client and
> server hardware. Of course I have no quantifiable metrics for this, but
> now you've mentioned this interface I'll probably take a look at it.
> >I was hoping to add support by extending their projection classes to
> >generate Smalltalk objects, and to connect up using ODBC.  I’m glad you
> >mentioned this problem, since I’m running on windows, and I wouldn’t have
> >discovered this problem until later while trying to run this on linux.
> >
> >
> Glad to have been of help :)
> >I would love to see squeak drivers, have you contacted them about the
> specs?
> >
> >
> I haven't yet asked them about their specs directly. I've dropped a few
> hints in support emails but they've either missed them or ignored them -
> hopefully not the latter as that would indicate that they don't want to
> give them up. Still, that's nothing but guesswork and I just hadn't got
> around to asking them properly yet - so many other things on the go at
> the moment. However if there are two clients asking for the same thing,
> it would hopefully mean they'd be willing to cooperate; I can't really
> see why they wouldn't want us to add to the range of interfaces to Caché.
> Cheers,
> Simon
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