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Re: [HACKERS] Re: [GENERAL] drop/rename table and transactions

From: Lamar Owen <lamar(dot)owen(at)wgcr(dot)org>
To: "Mike Mascari" <mascarm(at)mascari(dot)com>, "Tom Lane" <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: "Lincoln Yeoh" <lylyeoh(at)mecomb(dot)com>, <pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>, "PostgreSQL Developers List" <hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Re: [GENERAL] drop/rename table and transactions
Date: 1999-11-26 20:04:20
Message-ID: 99112615114107.00541@lorc.wgcr.org (view raw or flat)
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On Fri, 26 Nov 1999, Mike Mascari wrote:
> > Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> writes:

> What does ORACLE do here?

> > > Since ORACLE has 70% of the RDBMS market, it is the de facto standard
> > 
> > Yes, and Windows is the de facto standard operating system.  I don't use
> > Windows, and I'm not willing to follow Oracle's lead when they make a
> > bad decision...

> So I guess I should file away my other suggestion to use DCOM as 
> the object technology of choice instead of CORBA? ;-)

This is a Free Software project -- PostgreSQL is not bound by the decisions of
the 'market leader' any more than Linux is bound by the standards of Microsoft.

Having said that, at the same time, a run-time option to mimic Oracle's
behavior might be useful to all of those folk who are trying to port Oracle
applications over to PostgreSQL -- particularly if the SQL is compiled in.

However,  someone who is interested in such an option will probably have to
implement it as well, as it certainly appears to not be a priority issue at
this point.

In cases where Oracle diverges from the SQL-92 or SQL3 standards, should we go
'standard' -- or go  'non-standard' -- the choice should be clear.

We are not competing directly against Oracle, AFAICT -- we serve a different
role altogether.

And I say that while I want an Oracle-specific application to run under
PostgreSQL.

--
Lamar Owen
WGCR Internet Radio
1 Peter 4:11

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