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From: Jim Nasby <jnasby(at)pervasive(dot)com>
To: PostgreSQL Advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Interesting rant mentioning PostgreSQL...
Date: 2006-06-06 18:51:35
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I learned databases on MySQL and used it for several years. Then I  
discovered PostgreSQL and realized that in fact, I'd learned nothing  
of databases. For years the MySQL developers were quite vocal that  
things like referential integrity, transactions, subselects, etc were  
little more than baggage that could be done better another way. They  
were after speed, pure and simple. Fair enough, in some respect,  
since the job MySQL was originally developed for didn't require any  
of those things. The problem is that a whole generation of database  
programmers believed them, despite the fact that their applications  
*did* require those things. Someone in authority told them they  
didn't and they bought it (and still buy it). Let me clue you in: you  
need these things or you need to let someone else handle your  
database work for you.
Jim C. Nasby, Sr. Engineering Consultant      jnasby(at)pervasive(dot)com
Pervasive Software    work: 512-231-6117
vcard:       cell: 512-569-9461

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