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    Is the Relational Database Doomed?

    nice article about da cloud and key/value databases --
    Is the Relational Database Doomed? - ReadWriteWeb

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    You're joking, right? Please tell me you are joking.
    If it's not practically useful, then it's practically useless.

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    When the airplane was invented, did it doom the automobile?

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    in short yes
    relational databases are doomed.
    but are they doomed at present.. the jury is out. I think they will be around for a long long time yet.

    to extend your transport analogies
    look at what has happened to various modes of transport
    horse, foot, canal, train, car, plane

    I suspect it will be a long while before relational DB's are ousted from their central role in corporate life. they may get squeezed as other db technologies evolve as the article suggests on t'web. but I reckon there will still be relational db's in my lifetime.
    I'd rather be riding on the Tiger 800 or the Norton

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    Cars are not good for getting cross country rapidly, but jets are. This does not mean that the jet has doomed the car. Jets are not good at going from your house to your office conveniently. This does not mean that the car has doomed the jet.

    I guess my sentiment is that they are not doomed. Their role will be more narrowly defined in the future, but they will always have a role for the foreseeable future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nineinchnailgun
    but they [cars] will always have a role for the foreseeable future.
    If you just add up world oil reserves and divide by current oil usage then the fuel will last almost 50 years. Of course that's presuming that the oil reserves aren't wildly optimistic (which they are), that large new reserves won't be found (goodbye Antarctica and anyway that would only give us another 5 years) and that fuel usage won't go up (it is and by the day). Or perhaps we just don't foresee very far these days

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    ...of course that assumes that we will continue to rely on hydrocardbons for the motive power in cars.

    side stepping arguments on hydrocarbon reserves, and unless you know there is so much variation between different organisations guesses. there is another factor which is, as I undestand it only around 50% of the oil in a oil field is actually extracted.. so theres still a lot of oil down there if someone can invent a better mechanism of extracting the oil...

    theres supposed tobe a lot of gas (LPG)... sseing some of the flare offs in Mexico I could well believe that....

    theres other potential sources of motive power, such as Hydrogrn fuel cells. Ironically demand for Hyrdrogen be the saviour of those daft waste of effort wind turbines.

    (recent) hostory tells us that mankind is inventive and adaptive. I think people, once exposed t personal transport are not going to give it up lightly.
    I'd rather be riding on the Tiger 800 or the Norton

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    cars, jets, oil reserves, fuel cells, ...

    just where did the thread take this ridiculous left turn?
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    Apparently analogies aren't taken lightly around here

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    Quote Originally Posted by nineinchnailgun
    When the airplane was invented, did it doom the automobile?
    I like this analogy too. The article is based on the premise that most future databases are going to need to be able to scale like Google, Amazon and Ebay. The percentage of databases that need that kind of scaling is for all practical purposes zero.

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    So you are saying I should not be swotting up on key/value theory?
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    Yeah, EAV is going to replace traditional relational databases because it is more efficient.
    Right.......
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    It isn't EAV. Nor does the article say it will replace RDBMS - Rudy was just being mischievous with his title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pootle flump
    Rudy was just being mischievous with his title.
    todd, it wasn't my title -- go visit the article again

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    Whoops. I read it on my phone last week, missed the title.
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