Re: Can relational alegbra perform bulk operations?

From: Banana <Banana_at_Republic.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:49:35 -0700
Message-ID: <4AC3E07F.1040303_at_Republic.com>



Walter Mitty wrote:
> I'm not going to take exception to all attempts to optimize. I do take
> exception to a premature preoccupation with performance optimization, to the
> detriment of all other measures of "goodness". I didn't mean to preach to
> the chior, here. I just wanted to point out what this issue looks like from
> the trenches.

Well, sometime we have to reinforce this. I've been guilty of being wow-ed by the latest and newest whizzbang which after a closer examination turned out to leave us even worse off. I do think vendors are doing us (the programmers, developers & whoever works with databases) a disservice when they enable the bad behaviors by providing hints (as well as other "features") as opposed to demanding more rigorous discipline over the design and writing expressions. But I don't think demanding discipline sell products, unfortunately, at least not without redesigning in such way that it's more intuitive to exercise discipline than going at it in an ad hoc fashion. Received on Wed Sep 30 2009 - 17:49:35 CDT

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