JoelSpolsky says : Since a huge percentage of code requires access to databases, the glue (a.k.a. the connecticazoint) between the RDBMS layer and the application code is very important, yet virtually every modern programming language assumes that RDBMS access is something that can be left to libraries. In other words, language designers never bother to put database integration features into their languages. ...
I think this is a fatal flaw in language design, akin to the bad decision by the designers of C++ that it was not necessary to support a native string type.
Quite right too!
- Object-Relational Mapping like Vietnam : http://blogs.tedneward.com/2006/06/26/The+Vietnam+Of+Computer+Science.aspx
- Relations as first-class citizens : http://lambda-the-ultimate.org/node/2013