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PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

Posted Sep 22, 2011 12:17 UTC (Thu) by spaetz (subscriber, #32870)
In reply to: PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process by Kwi
Parent article: PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

> seems pretty excessive, and so does the yearly expenses at USD 257.056 per employee.

Not if you ever needed to rent a flat or buy food in Geneva :-)


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PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

Posted Sep 24, 2011 20:25 UTC (Sat) by butlerm (guest, #13312) [Link]

If the ISO disappeared tomorrow, would anyone notice? It seems to me like a pointless government bureaucracy that has a net negative effect on nearly everything it touches, with a tendency to produce standards and meta-standards that no one actually uses.

PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

Posted Sep 24, 2011 21:41 UTC (Sat) by njs (guest, #40338) [Link]

Many many industries care about ISO: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/List_of_In...

For example, it's ISO standards that say what makes paper "A4", makes film "400 speed", says what the standard freight container sizes are, describe ISBN and ISSN barcodes, etc., etc.

I'm sure there's plenty of nonsense in plenty of ISO standards, but we do need *some* standard definitions of these things so that different people and businesses can talk to each other about complicated technical matters without having to check every detail all the time.

ISO does seem particularly ill-suited to handling software-related standards, though.

PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

Posted Sep 30, 2011 19:06 UTC (Fri) by Baylink (guest, #755) [Link]

Well, I thought it was the American Standards Association (now ANSI) that said what made "film" "400 speed", but maybe that's just me. So many things are just me.

PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

Posted Oct 2, 2011 19:52 UTC (Sun) by JanC_ (guest, #34940) [Link]

And "A4" was defined by DIN (the German standards body) before ISO copied it.


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