See the full post for more on this classic Dave Kellogg Oracle reality check
It's all happened so quickly.
- I've become my parents,
- SQL has become Cobol,
- and Oracle has become CA
Things were different back in 1985, when I, fresh from Berkeley, VAX/VMS documentation in hand, rode the 51 bus to Alameda where my first real employer, Ingres, was based.
You see, back then, Oracle wasn't the establishment. Oracle was the rebel, a $50M-ish hyper-aggressive competitor trying to steal the relational database market out from underneath its lethargic inventor, IBM.
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(p.s. imho Java has become COBOL, and SQL remains essential – and complementary to rather than competitive with XQuery)