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Perst is an open source, dual license, object-oriented embedded database management system (ODBMS), available in two implementations: one that is developed entirely in the Java programming language, and another developed in the C# language (for applications that will run within the Microsoft .NET Framework).
Perst Lite is an implementation of Perst for Java for applications running on cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other resource-constrained devices based on Sun Microsystems’ Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME, formerly called Java 2, Micro Edition, or J2ME). Perst Lite is included in the Perst for Java distribution, and has a memory footprint approximately 30 percent smaller than standard Perst.
Perst was developed by Konstantin Knizhnik, a programmer living in Moscow, Russia, and released in 2003. In 2006, Knizhnik transferred Perst’s copyright to McObject, a for-profit company in Issaquah, Washington, United States. McObject develops and maintains the system, selling technical support and service contracts, as well as proprietary-licensed copies of Perst. Knizhnik, as a consultant to McObject, is still closely involved in developing Perst.
Users can redistribute and/or modify Perst under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or any later version. For individuals or organizations that cannot or do not wish to comply with the GPL, a commercial license for this software may be purchased from McObject.
- B-tree indexes
- R-tree indexes
- In-memory database container classes based on T-trees
- Radix tree indexes
- Time series class to deal efficiently with small fixed-size objects, such as stock quotes
- Specialized versions of collections for thick indexes (indexes with many duplicates) and bit indexes (keys with a restricted number of possible values)
To facilitate changes to an existing database design (database schema), Perst implements “lazy” database schema evolution. When an object instance is loaded from the database, its class descriptor is compared with the format of the class in the application. If they are not identical, and the object is to be changed, then the object is converted and stored in the new format.
- Garbage collection
- Detection of hanging references
- XML import/export utilities
- Master/slave replication support (with the option to run read-only queries on slave nodes)
- Integration with AspectJ and JAssist aspect-oriented programming tools.
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