Despite what the reactionaries assert, the world is not flat nor is it hierarchical. The world is relational.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. -- Victor Hugo/1845
A very small cause which escapes our notice determines a considerable effect that we cannot fail to see, and then we say that the effect is due to chance. -- Henri Poincare
... but Flash-based storage has such a different performance profile from rotating media, that I suspect that it will end up having a large impact on filesystem design. Right now, most filesystems tend to be designed with the latencies of rotating media in mind. -- Linus Torvalds/2007
I believe quite strongly that, if you think about the issue at the appropriate level of abstraction, you're inexorably led to the position that databases must be relational. -- Chris Date/2009
If there is one thing in mathematics that fascinates me more than anything else (and doubtless always has), it is neither 'number' nor 'size', but always form. And among the thousand-and-one faces whereby form chooses to reveal itself to us, the one that fascinates me more than any other and continues to fascinate me, is the structure hidden in mathematical things. -- Alexander Grothendieck/1985, "Reapings and Sowings"
RSQLite is a low-level interface to SQLite; sqldf is a high-level interface that lets you pretend than you can execute SQL on R data frames. -- Hadley Wickham/2014
It is intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer: Authority without responsibility is tyranny Responsibility without authority is servitude -- Donald Hughes McElhone, Ph.D.[statistics, Iowa State]/1975 & anon/unknown
As soon as you allow robots, or software programs, to act freely in the world, they're going to run up against ethically fraught situations and face hard choices that can't be resolved through statistical models. -- Nick Carr/2014
When you're dead, you're dead. Until then, there's ice cream. -- Patrick Jane/2011
Therefore: In a time of SSD multi-core/processor machines, there is no reason not to build from BCNF data. Time to do what Dr. Codd demonstrated. Technology has finally caught up with the maths.
I know a little something about SQL, DB2 (preferably LUW, z/OS if the money's right), Oracle, SQL Server, Postgres, and database design in general. Mentoring/teaching/consulting on a short term basis, too. And a bit of stat analysis if it's R. gnuoytr at rcn dot com.