Re: Amazon's "Simple" Database

From: paul c <>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 16:44:09 GMT
Message-ID: <tNS9j.1374$pr3.1224_at_pd7urf1no>

JOG wrote:
> Just wondered if anyone had seen this:
> While in principle a globally accessible database sounds like a great
> idea, closer reading yields...
> "Unlike MySQL, Oracle, DB2 or SQL Server, SimpleDB is not a relational
> database server. It is based on the concept of items and attributes.
> Two things distinguish it from most relational database managers: 1.
> Attributes can have more than one value. 2. Each item can have
> different attributes."
> Er... Is anyone hearing the letters EAV being raised above google
> headquarters in big flashing lights?

Me. Sounds like one more half-baked roll-your-own with javascript operators for data manipulation, no logical data language in sight. Probably as naive as last year's net or somesuch impedance-fighter from MS. Maybe they should try to understand the difference between compiler optimization that merely preserves algorithms and formal logic that determines equivalent transformations. McGoveran was writing about this fifteen years ago. Strange how his deeper stuff is actually easier to read than the current bumpf, but then he's not a mystic. Received on Tue Dec 18 2007 - 17:44:09 CET

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