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

From: mAsterdam <>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2004 17:27:25 +0200
Message-ID: <408a8763$0$36169$>

Anthony W. Youngman wrote:

> mAsterdam writes

>> Karen Sundquist wrote:
>>> Imagine a database that is only accessed by a server application.
>> ...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?

Ah, the sequel to the OS that has a
web-browser and a media-player
as essential, impossible-to-remove parts.

> What about Native Pick? Or OS/400?

They both use technology that originated from databases at an unusal level.
I haven't ever worked on AS/400, but what I hear from people who do is that they like it very much for database applications. Same goes for Pick.

> 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.

Some demarcation lines do get blurred.

"The filesystem is the database"
"The network is the computer"
"The media is the message"
"L’État, c’est moi"
Received on Sat Apr 24 2004 - 17:27:25 CEST

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