These release notes are replicated for historical purposes only. The release is not supported anymore.
MonetDB 4.8 & MonetDB/SQL 2.8 were released on May 29, 2005. They were accompanied by the first MonetDB/XQuery 0.8 release (the Mercury release). A detailed list of changes can be found in the change log of the CVS repository. A summary with the highlights is given below.
SQL front end Added SQL statement modifiers EXPLAIN, PROFILE and PREPARE/EXEC. Explain returns the query execution plan as a MIL program and the query is not executed. PROFILE executes the query and stores profiling information in the 'history' table. The prepare and execute work together and can be used by the client programs to implement PREPARE and EXECUTE functionality. The SQL module functionality has been included . They can be used to introduce a module written in C or a plain SQL module. Modules can add new types, functions and tables to the system. [TODO] See for example the 'url' example module.
Application interfaces The PHP interface has been finalized. The Perl DBI library interface has reached a mature level.
Kernel improvements The kernel underwent some renovation to improve its usefulness in future releases. The BAT storage structures have been trimmed to consume just 1/3th of the previous space, which can be used to reduce the overhead of short queries by caching all descriptors in main memory. The BAT structure also underwent a revision to accomodate a more flexible property maintenance list. The changes have be shown to improve processing of 'compiled' small MIL queries to run up to 30% faster.
Windows port The windows port can now be build both using Microsofts Compiler suites and using MinGW.
Documentation improvements The documentation for PHP5 installation and interaction has been added.