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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
They are using a full-fledged relational database with strong integrity guarantees to manage
by browsing history, of all things.
No amount of spin can hide how incredibly brain-damaged that is.
In defense of Firefox
Posted Jun 1, 2008 23:03 UTC (Sun) by njs (guest, #40338)
There's a lot of satisfaction to be had in reflexively ranting about things and slamming on
them. In my experience, there is ultimately more satisfaction -- just of a slower and less
instantly-gratifying sort -- in learning and building. Unfortunately, the two approaches are
often at odds, because one is fundamentally about protecting one's preconceptions, while the
other requires with-holding judgement and seeking out ways to challenge them. In this case,
you're being factually wrong, utterly ignorant of the relevant technical issues, and actively
hostile to changing either -- but you do probably *seem* smart to some readers, and that's a
choice you can make. Many technical people do. YMMV.
Posted Jun 3, 2008 20:51 UTC (Tue) by dmag (subscriber, #17775)
@jch: Please do some research before posting. SqlLite doesn't pretend to be an RDBMS. It
doesn't support (enforce) basic datatypes. The shared library is ~1MB on my system (and can go
down to ~100K when embedded and features removed).
Yes, it supports "strong integrity guarantees". The opposite of that is called "corruption".
If you wrote a browser, would you just call "truncate(bookmarks); write(bookmarks, data);
close()"? I hope not. You would need to design a fail-safe recovery mechanism that doesn't
loose data. It might be fairly simple when updating bookmarks, but for storing browsing
history and doing indexing, you'd basically be re-writing most of SqlLite anyway.
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