Recently, there were several blog posts about ODBMSs. It all started with this interview of Michael Stonebraker.
Dan Weinreb (ex ObjectStore) responded and today I read a blog post of Oracle's John Russell.
In the early/mid 90ies, when I was still on university and hooked on OO, ODBMSs had a big fascination for me. I read every book and paper about them I could get and had uni accounts on machines to play with Gemstone and ObjectStore. Hell, I even wrote one myself, in c++ and tcl (chaos - chris' alternative object store;-)).
Accidently, my first job was with Oracle 7 and Forms/Reports, "boring" technology or so I thought. This changed quickly, when I realized how efficient development in this environment was. It turned out that I didn't need all that fancy OO stuff I thought indispensable to get things done and have fun working. In some way, programming pl/sql even reminds me of the Gemstone/Smalltalk days. My interface seems minimalistic in comparison (sql*plus and vi), but it's only the interface to that powerful, persistent multiuser sql and pl/sql machine.