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From Andy Seaborne <a...@apache.org>
Subject Future of Jena SDB
Date Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:29:31 GMT
SDB is a Jena storage module that uses SQL databases for RDF storage. 
See [1] for documentation. It uses a custom database schema to store 
RDF; it is not a general SQL-to-RDF mapping layer.

The supported databases are: Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, 
PostgreSQL, MySQL, Apache Derby, H2, HSQLDB.  Only Derby and HSQLDB are 
tested in the development build process.

Both Oracle and IBM corporations provide commercial RDF solutions using 
Jena that are completely unrelated to SDB.

TDB is faster, more scalable and better supported than SDB but there can 
be reasons why an SQL-backed solution is appropriate.

There is no active development or maintenance of SDB from within the 
committer team; no committers use SDB and it imposes a cost to the team 
to generate separate releases.  We're not receiving patches contributed 
to JIRA items for bugs.

We are proposing:

1/ moving it into the main build so it will be part of the main 
distribution with limited testing.

2/ marking it as "under review / maintenance only".

It will not be treated as something that can block a release, nor for 
any significant length of time, stop development builds.

It may be pulled from the main build, and from a release, at very short 
notice.

If moved out, the source code will still be available but no binaries 
(releases or development builds) will be produced.

What would change SDB's status is care and attention. There are ways to 
enhance it, for example, pushing the work of filters into the SQL 
database, where possible, to improve query performance.

     Andy

[1] http://jena.apache.org/documentation/sdb/index.html

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