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Re: Please advice sql server vs. Oracle

From: Mladen Gogala <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 12:34:44 -0500
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I was more confused by the TPC chart, from which DB2 was conspicuously absent. SQL Server was grouped around the bottom, while oracle and informix were on top. Oracle has more deficiencies then solely the price. The problem with oracle is lack of usable tools which come with the database. If I was oracle, I'd develop a plug-in for OpenOffice which would allow it to import data into a spreadsheet. Also, JBuilder needs to improve a lot before it is as usable as VB Studio. My favorite IDE is called "gvim", but today's developers want to have as much trouble developing forms and reports as I've had using SQL*Forms30 or less. Draw the form, add in some triggers and fire away. You can do something like that with the VB studio and you cannot do anything like that with JBuilder. I think that any comparison which doesn't take into account the nitty-gritty MS development tools is necessarily flawed. Database engine is a commodity. I can get one for free, from several well-known vendors. MySQL and PostgresSQL can beat both SQL Server and Oracle on price/performance every time. PostgresSQL uses my favorite language as its internal scripting language. Well, that too is something to consider. Java is complex bloatware which will predictably lose to C# and .NOT because of the RAD tools which exist for .NOT side and do not exist for J2EE side. May be oracle could come up with a language that truly is open source? On the other hand, supporting PHP is an excellent move that I must applaud. I'm starting to do things with PHP and oracle and I must say that I like it. I may even write a book about PHP and Oracle, who knows?

On 03/30/2004 11:23:29 AM, "Boivin, Patrice J" wrote:
> One slide says that in SQL Server, sometimes writers block readers.
> Another recommends that SQL Server transactions be kept small.
> Interesting
> Pat.

Mladen Gogala
Oracle DBA
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