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
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
More people are studying orphan diseases than have orphan diseases. -- Michael S. Kinch/2014
[T]he true role of the financial sector is to serve, not to rule, the economy. Its real job is to benefit people, especially by financing investment and thus helping with the creation of jobs and growth. -- Christine Lagarde/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
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.