1. I think wrapping the database records as objects in Magik provides for realistic real-world
2. Long transaction support is still an industry leader.
3. External access to VMDS has a performance bottle neck in Magik.
I would love to read your comments pro/con in the comments of this blog. Or you can send me an e-mail directly. If there is a lot of response, I can set up a wiki page at http://www.gesmallworld.org that lists the advantages/disadvantages.