Re: Bob's 'Self-aggrandizing ignorant' Count: Was: What databases have taught me

From: Marshall <>
Date: 29 Jun 2006 23:57:41 -0700
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George wrote:
> Marshall,
> 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?

I suppose the current value of the database could be considered the current state, and the empty database the initial state. But there are no facilities for specifying messages. There is only insert and delete, which map to assignment. There is nothing corresponding to an output. So I don't see any way to make it fit the definition. My answer is "false."

> 2. Is it a good descriptor?

I would say no.

> 3. Should I be calling other people idiot on the strength of such a
> statement?

Sorry, no opinion at this time.

Marshall Received on Fri Jun 30 2006 - 08:57:41 CEST

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