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PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

Posted Sep 23, 2011 9:22 UTC (Fri) by cmccabe (guest, #60281)
In reply to: PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process by petereisentraut
Parent article: PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

I'm sure that people at SQL standards committee meetings are friendly. But flying halfway across the world at great expense and doing things behind closed doors is a 19th century way of doing things. Modern standards like HTML5 are developed in the open and discussed on mailing lists and IRC. This just makes things easier and cheaper for everyone-- especially users and developers of related software, who actually get a chance to see what developers are discussing.

Also, not all people who work on open source databases are volunteers.


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PostgreSQL and the SQL standards process

Posted Sep 23, 2011 13:24 UTC (Fri) by petereisentraut (subscriber, #59453) [Link]

Well, sure, some people get paid to work on PostgreSQL. But participating usefully in the community, especially when it comes to extra activities like the one discussed here, goes beyond merely being told by some boss to work on some code base. Participating in the community is a volunteer effort, even if it's ultimately part of your job.


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