Re: Bob's 'Self-aggrandizing ignorant' Count: Was: What databases have taught me
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 03:58:50 GMT
> George wrote: >
>> Try my description:
>> "The relational model comprises a collection of features useful for
>> constructing large unpredictable state machines from small predictable
>> state machines"
>> 1. Is that statement true of false?
It is false. The relational model is a formalism useful for deducing logical conclusions from sets of facts. The relational model on its own has no utility whatsoever for creating state machines. However, it can describe a given state and can describe how to derive new states from a state so that combined with a turing-complete language of some kind, one can create state machines. Even in this case, however, one would not construct the state machine from smaller state machines.
As it is false, it is not a description of the relational model at all.
>> 3. Should I be calling other people idiot on the strength of such a
That depends. If they are actively promoting the idea, then yes, you should be calling them idiots.
>> Marshall are you able to answer these questions?
>> Of course anyone else should feel free to answer as well.
I would feel free in any case.
[Paul's answer snipped] Received on Fri Jun 30 2006 - 05:58:50 CEST