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Message Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 @ 21:13:52 GMT
It's been a long time since I looked at that "theory". I do remember, though, that most of what I read looked like description of "best practices", not a clear mathematical theory.
A pure mathematical part is too abstract in nature and it is very far from what we see in real-life RDBMS. RDBMS are just based on the "best practices" part, which ensures their more-or-less compatibility. In my opinion, this is the most important historical contribution of the theory. It had introduced a common language long before ANSI et al. But after that I don't see anything of practical value. All RDBMS are internally built on different, vendor specific algorithms.
I, for one, am not aware of RDBMS which does _not_ support multiset tables. They just simply call them tables. "Multiset" term was probably Teradata's invention? The concept itself is very common across vendors.
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