Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Adaptive Object-Model Architectural Style

The Adaptive Object-Model architecture sounds like a very interesting concept, but I have not have much success with it in the past.

The AOM architecture moves the definition of entities, their attributes, and their relationships into the database. The code deals with very generic types and has to know how to interpret the model found in the database. In my experience, this can lead to a very flexible data model whose flexibility is not realized at all in the code. Every system that I have ever worked on has ended up with too many special cases too be able to be successfully modeled by such a generic system. However, the system that I worked on did not try to model strategies and rule objects in the database, which was likely its primary reason for not being able to work generically with the data model.

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