OODBMS stands for "object-oriented database
management system". Unlike relational databases
, object-oriented databases
are not organized in rows and columns. Instead, the object
s and service
s are stored together. An OOBDMS can handle many types of complex data structures that would be troublesome or impossible under the relational model, including (perhaps most importantly) multimedia
While object-oriented programming is all the rage for corporations building large, complex information systems, object-oriented database systems have not yet sufficiently caught on to replace relational database systems. Nonetheless, most RDBMS products have begun to incorporate object-oriented capabilities.
Sources: (1) Analysis and Design of Information Systems by Arthur Langer (2001); (2) The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, 2nd Ed., by Alan Freedman (1999).