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  1. Julien Delplanque, Anne Etien, Nicolas Anquetil, and Olivier Auverlot. Relational Database Schema Evolution: An Industrial Case Study. In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME), 2018. DOI PDF 

    Modern relational database management systems provide advanced features allowing, for example, to include behaviour directly inside the database (stored procedures). These features raise new difficulties when a database needs to evolve (e.g. adding a new table). To get a better understanding of these difficulties, we recorded and studied the actions of a database architect during a complex evolution of the database at the core of a software system. From our analysis, problems faced by the database architect are extracted, generalized and explored through the prism of software engineering. Six problems are identified: (1) difficulty in analysing and visualising dependencies between database's entities, (2) difficulty in evaluating the impact of a modification on the database, (3) replicating the evolution of the database schema on other instances of the database, (4) difficulty in testing database's functionalities, (5) lack of synchronization between the IDE's internal model of the database and the database actual state and (6) absence of an integrated tool enabling the architect to search for dependencies between entities, generate a patch or access up to date PostgreSQL documentation. We suggest that techniques developed by the software engineering community could be adapted to help in the development and evolution of relational databases.