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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
Message-ID: 4355E0DA.5030105@travelamericas.com (view raw or flat)
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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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