chapter  32

Legacy Data Conversion

Relational database management system (RDBMS) features not generally found in file systems include automatic backup and recovery procedures, transaction processing, business rule enforcement, easy query formulation, and application generation facilities. However, to obtain these benefits, files must be migrated to a relational database. This chapter explains how, when, and why to migrate a file into a relational database, and how to modify an application to a relational database system.