Re: Should an application ever be allowed to change a schema?

From: Anthony W. Youngman <>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2004 15:10:57 +0100
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In message <40812411$0$561$>, mAsterdam <> writes
>Karen Sundquist wrote:
>> Imagine a database that is only accessed by a server application.
>(Sorry for being slightly off-topic.
>I am trying to initiate a c.d.theory glossary.)
>This effectively reduces the meaning of the word 'database' to
>'deluxe filesystem'. No problem, many use the word in that sense.

Doesn't the planned implementation of Longhorn use SQL-Server as its filesystem?

What about Native Pick? Or OS/400?

In some cases, the "deluxe file system" IS what you would call a database, I suspect. In others (Longhorn?) I suspect the use of a database is a gross abuse of the concept of a filesystem :-)

Shades of grey.


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