Occasional musings on the primacy of the relational model, database, quants and silliness of all things xml.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. -- Victor Hugo/1845
... 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
Every coach wants their legacy to be, "I was really good at what I did for a really long time". -- Geno Auriemma/2014
The world is not linear. -- Dr. D.H. McElhone (Ph.D., Math Stats Iowa State)/1975
Apple has made no bones about the fact that it's not going to cater to everyone with all of its devices, simply because it has to. Apple and CEO Timothy D. Cook have never cared about market share, despite pressure from Wall Street and the media to do so. But should Apple choose to go the ultra-high end route with its wearable tech offering, it likely would not end well and could result in a massive disaster for Apple, the likes of which it hasn't seen since perhaps the Newton. -- Chris Ciaccia/2014
R is a shockingly dreadful language for an exceptionally useful data analysis environment. -- Tim Smith/2012
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.