Relational databases using IBM’s Structured Query Language are now so commonplace that it makes sense to integrate SQL with the generality of specialised software, and IntelliCorp Inc, Mountain View, California, has come up with the bright idea of creating a marriage between its KEE Knowledge Engineering Environment and SQL databases. It has just introduced two products, KEEconnection, providing a bridge for passing information between databases and knowledge systems built in the KEE system. It enables information in SQL relational databases to be mapped into KEE applications easily and quickly. And IntelliScope provides an integrated environment for querying, browsing and analysing databases. Described as an intelligent database assistant built on the KEE system and using the KEEconnection, IntelliScope is designed to enable novice database users to conduct complex data searches and to analyse information of interest interactively. The KEEconnection is to be released in August, and IntelliScope will follow in October. They will initially support links to Oracle and Ingres databases on DEC VAX computers and Britton Lee database machines, and links to IBM DB2 mainframe databases will be on a custom service basis until the standard version is set.
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