In this article, Jim Gray and Mark Compton discuss the future of databases. A good view of the progression from primitive database structures → relational databases → the introduction of objects, stored procedures, integration with programming languages → where will it go from here. This is somewhat dense reading; however, it is easy understand even for relative DB-newbies like myself. They give a very good treatment to the ways in which we can look for databases to evolve in the future, including: the tighter integration between programming languages and databases, the changing role of the database as the Internet becomes more dynamic and the needs for information change, and the way in which databases will need to improve in order to handle the tremendous ammounts of data that will be stored, as well as to take advantage of increasingly cheaper storage space and computer. A very worth-while read.