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Re: [GENERAL] Oracle buys Innobase

From: Chris Travers <chris(at)travelamericas(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>,PostgreSQL advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [GENERAL] Oracle buys Innobase
Date: 2005-10-19 05:59:54
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Tom Lane wrote:

>Christopher Kings-Lynne <chriskl(at)familyhealth(dot)com(dot)au> writes:
>>Strangely a pgsql to oracle exporter is a good thing.  It'd be a great 
>>feature of PostgreSQL.  Imagine how many people would start on 
>>PostgreSQL if they KNEW that one day they could easily move to Oracle if 
>>they needed to.  Risk management.
>Problem is: to offer such a thing with a straight face, we'd have to
>confine ourselves to an Oracle-subset version of SQL.  For instance,
>lose the ability to distinguish empty-string from NULL.
Funny how many Oracle DBA's don't seem to be aware of this "feature" ....

Funny how many of those that are seem to think that this is perfectly OK 
:-(  On the other hand, it is one weakness of Oracle that has not gotten 
a major airing in public...  It might be worth saving for when the FUD 
starts to fly :-)

Best Wishes,
Chris Travers
Metatron technology Consulting

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