Thanks for updating your profile. It's good to know that we now have a "Man in Prague"
Matt Curland is the expert on the innards of NORMA. He is extremely busy but I hope that he can find time to comment on your very interesting post.
it seems to me much more suitable for many projects than UML, E/R or others
Yes - I fully agree. I spent most of 2008 working on my MSc dissertation to explore the relationship between UML, ER and ORM.
As part of my project, I designed and conducted an experiment that compared the effectiveness of ER, UML and ORM on the task of creating a UML class model.
The results of my experiment showed that UML and ER take twice as long and create many more "mistakes" in the resulting model. (more info on the Research page of this site).
Regarding University teaching, I have found the same problem. As a general comment, ER folks (academics and pratictioners alike) look at me with disbelief when I explain about automatic normalization. Their disbelief seems to persist even after I have demonstrated NORMA or VEA actually doing it. It's a real puzzle to me as to why many people continue to believe in methods that are wasteful and ineffective when compared with ORM. Any ideas?
PS: Is there some trick I haven't figured out to start a new line or the only way is use HTML <br/> tags?
I'm assuming that you are talking about the text editor in this forum.
One way to post nicely formatted text is to use Word. If you prepare your post in Word, you can retain the Word formatting if you use the little icon with the "W" to paste your text into the post window. You can also use "Shift-Enter" to get a single line break.