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Ben Nadel at InVision In Real Life (IRL) 2018 (Hollywood, CA) with: Scott Van Hess
Ben Nadel at InVision In Real Life (IRL) 2018 (Hollywood, CA) with: Scott Van Hess

Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) Are In Vogue

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The title of this entry is a quote from The Cat's Pajamas, L.L.C. web site - a company that manufactures flat-file databases. They are describing the reasons they don't "upgrade" their system to use relational databases:

Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) are in vogue. But Cat's Pajamas is less than optimistic about the reaction of our customers to a "new and improved" Cat's Pajamas system that:

  1. Adds a significant cost for the RDBMS
  2. Is less stable
  3. Runs 4-5 times slower!

The performance differential would be the killer. By implementing an RDBMS we'd be sacrificing performance for advantages in flexibility that mostly benefit the programmers. Shouldn't software systems put the user first and programming convenience second?

Now, granted, I have never worked on a project that uses TCPJ, but I know people who have, and let me say, it is NOT fun. When they say put the programming convenience second, they mean waaaaaaaaaay second!

Does anyone else find this hilarious?

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