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Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:10 AM


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There is a certain portion of the human species that feels the need to do things differently, regardless of whether it's actually an improvement or not.

I have a friend who rejects things simply because they are popular, without actual examination. He like Mac computers, not because he actually gets any better use out of them, but simply because they aren't the popular item. (His IT skills aren't up to Linux, or he'd probably use that. Though, if he did, he would never use Ubuntu. It would have to be something significantly more niche.) He likes bands that nobody else likes, simply because nobody else likes them. If they become popular, he stops liking them. Same for movies, though he does like big superhero and sci-fi pictures, but he's mainly into oddball movies that only get limited releases. He has problems in his IT career because he likes to pick unpopular programming languages and tout their merits.

I've known a few like that. In some cases, it goes beyond his midly neurotic tendencies straight into full-on compulsive behavior. In some, it moves into fanatacism, and even anger at people who don't see things their way.

That applies to relational databases just as much as to anything else.

I find that ignoring them is the most effective solution. [ evil grin ] On the other hand, it can be more fun to "fight back"....[ / evil grin ]


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Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:11 AM
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ganotedp (7/13/2009)
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It's like the difference between a go-kart and a Hummer. The go-kart is lots easier to build, and may have some specialized military usage. But the Hummer is the better choice for most battles.


However an ATV can go many places where a Hummer cannot.


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Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:38 AM


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A military-spec hummer now has armour-plating underneath. It literally protects your arse. I feel the same way about SQL Server. I speak as the proud owner of a John Deer Gater ATV!


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Posted Saturday, October 24, 2009 3:36 AM


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ganotedp (7/13/2009)
Go to bottom of page here for one assessment of advantages of each: http://www.cs.pitt.edu/~chang/156/20dbdesign.html


I was amused to see, after the description of link representation in the 4 models advantages of relational, network and OO models but no advantages for the 4th (hierarchical) model.



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Posted Saturday, October 24, 2009 3:43 AM


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Relational, Network, Hierarchical, OO models seem to be all that are talked abot these days - whatever happened to Functional? Doesn't anyone look at this any more? Or has the functional programming world given up on databases? Or given up on communicating with the nonm-functional world?


Tom
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Posted Saturday, October 24, 2009 5:15 AM


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Funny you should mention that, but I know a lot of grey-muzzle database developers, brought up with ML, who are getting excited about F#, as it gives functional programmers a fair crack of the whip at the net framework. We are doing a 'Geek of the Week' on Don Syme, the creator of F#, on Simple-Talk soon, I gather.


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