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
The world is not linear. -- Dr. D.H. McElhone (Ph.D., Math Stats Iowa State)/1975
Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy s**t we don't need. -- Jan Koum/2011
Regarding hardware encryption- don't use it. Seriously, these days, can you really trust anything but open-source encryption not to have backdoors for NSA, FBI, GCHQ or any other intelligence, police or RIAA/MPAA agencies out there? I do understand hardware encryption is faster, easier, more transparent. But there is no way to prove it's correct. And if it can be bypassed by government, it's useless. -- coder111/2014
the steps happen to be easy in R, but with sufficiently clumsy tools you could write much longer code and really convince yourself that you are accomplishing something. -- John Mount/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.