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Malcolm: SQL for the command line: "show"
Posted Mar 24, 2009 15:51 UTC (Tue) by Wol (guest, #4433)
So yes, SQL is probably a good language for querying them. But then, so is ENGLISH, because it's n-dimensional (actually, it doesn't work that well if n hits 4 or more :-( so horses for courses, I'd use ENGLISH because that's what I'm comfortable with.
Posted Mar 24, 2009 16:24 UTC (Tue) by flewellyn (subscriber, #5047)
Posted Mar 26, 2009 14:06 UTC (Thu) by Wol (guest, #4433)
IBM are on record as saying that their version (the U2 databases) is the fastest growing product in their database VAR sales.
And International Spectrum is holding their conference right now - against a background of collapsing conference attendances (typically down 25 - 50 %), they're holding their own - I think they were down 7% (or was it up?)
imho relational *theory* is great. Unfortunately, relational practice falls foul of Einstein's corollary to Occam - practice is TOO simple, therefore system complexity (as in all the stuff *round* the database) rises sharply as a result. SQL queries are a classic example :-)
Posted Mar 28, 2009 0:55 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
(actually it *is* useful, but that doesn't mean it's not totally bizarre
and screwy. The real problem here is SQL's halfassed incapable
implementation of half the relational calculus in a non-Turing-complete
fashion. But it paid for my house so I can't complain *too* terribly
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