Christopher J. "Chris" Date, the database management system specialist and writer, talks about his early background and education, his joining IBM and his initial work in programmer training at the Hursley Lab. This was followed by work on database management under PL/I which led to his involvement in the relational data base concept. He then talks about producing his first database book and how it evolved over time. This book was followed by many additional database textbooks and papers. He had developed a relationship with Ted Codd early in his career and, after both left IBM, they started the Codd and Date companies. Finally, he describes his work with Hugh Darwen on The Third Manifesto, which presents his view of the foundation for future database systems.
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