Report Number: CS-TR-81-851
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: Binding in information processing
Author: Wiederhold, Gio
Date: May 1981
Abstract: The concept of binding, as used in programming systems, is analyzed and defined in a number of contexts. The attributes of variables to be bound and the phases of binding are enumerated. The definition is then broadened to cover general issues in information systems. Its applicability is demonstrated in a wide range of system design and implementation issues. A number of Database Management Systems are categorized according to the terms defined. A first-order quantitative model is developed and compared with current practice. The concepts and the model are considered helpful when used as a tool for the global design phase of large information systems.