GF.Data Engine

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This is a Generic Function document GF Data Engine Version: 0.2 OIAr logo
Document type: Generic Function Owner:

J.A.H. Schoonderbeek


This Generic Function belongs to Working Area Middleware. This function offers the ability to process "strictly structured data", i.e. it controls the creation, updating and querying of sets of organized data. An example of a Data Engine is a database system. The function may offer one or more of the following:

  • a "modeling language"
  • a "query language"
  • a "transaction mechanism"

Note that the Data Engine itself does not cater for the storage of strictly structured data (other than intermediate storage); to that end, the function should be combined with the Structured Data Store function.

There are many types of databases that can be modelled using the Data Engine function, such as

  • Relational database;
  • Object-oriented database;
  • Document-oriented database;
  • Graph database;
  • Unstructured database.


The image "Icon GF Data Engine.png" (shown below) can be used to represent this infrastructure function in graphical Pattern representations that it might be part of:

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Generic Patterns using this Generic Function

The following Generic Patterns use this function:

Semantic query
Generic PatternOwnerMaturity
Content HostingJ.A.H. Schoonderbeek3
Data ManagementJ.A.H. Schoonderbeek4

Applied versions of this Generic Function

The following variants of this function have been defined:

Semantic query
No Applied Function based on this Generic Function (yet)