Re: Can a procedure contain only a SELECT statement?

From: Shakespeare <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:53:41 +0100
Message-ID: <4ba7e6dc$0$22918$>

Op 22-3-2010 22:25, Thomas Gagne schreef:
> Galen Boyer wrote:
>> <snip>
>> One of the biggest winning arguments for Oracle, is that it run on
>> almost all platforms, MS products only run on one.
> That argument had traction in the 80s and 90s when hardware was
> expensive--especially minicomputers. Hardware prices have come down so
> much that being able to run on multiple operating systems (back when
> manufacturers had their own OSes) was a big plus.
> In the 21st century, the most expensive component of a system is its
> software, and the most expensive component of that is developer time, so
> "enterprise" had better find a new meaning.
> Programmer appeal is a strength of MySQL. Except for its screwy user
> scheme, it's easier to install and manage than either Oracle or Sybase,
> and includes many features near-and-dear to programmers. More and more,
> programmers are the ones sneaking technologies like PHP, Python, Linux,
> and now MySQL thru the IT back door. I haven't heard or read of anyone
> sneaking Oracle into a project because it's easy to install, use,
> administer, or program.

Well, I'm one of the sneaky Oracle pushers, pushing a standard edition one of XE environment with Apex wherever I can. Installing XE is running an executable on Windows or rpm on Linux. That's all. SE One is also a point and click installation and runs 'out of the box'. Even SE One Application Server runs out of the box after little more than 20 minutes, (at least, without patching..), including an Oracle Internet Directory LDAP Server and Oracle Portal.

> My observation regarding Oracle, DB2, Sybase, and SqlServer is the need
> to compete for programmer mindshare, 'cause "enterprise" software is
> increasingly more about "enterprise" cost than "enterprise" features,
> which if not available today will be tomorrow for much less.

Yep. That's why there is also Standard Edition and Standard Edition One.

Shakespeare Received on Mon Mar 22 2010 - 16:53:41 CDT

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