Thursday, July 02, 2009

No to SQL? Anti-database movement gains steam

Hey, it’s circa 1985 (when SQL was a broadly controversial topic) all over again…  See the full article for more details

The meet-up in San Francisco last month had a whiff of revolution about it, like a latter-day techie version of the American Patriots planning the Boston Tea Party.

The inaugural get-together of the burgeoning NoSQL community crammed 150 attendees into a meeting room at CBS Interactive.

Like the Patriots, who rebelled against Britain's heavy taxes, NoSQLers came to share how they had overthrown the tyranny of slow, expensive relational databases in favor of more efficient and cheaper ways of managing data.

While there are obviously some application scenarios for which file systems and specialized storage subsystems are currently a better form-follows-function fit than DBMSs, imho it’s ridiculous to imply that DBMSs are somehow obsolete, or that SQL is overkill.

No to SQL? Anti-database movement gains steam

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