Dang, Brian, you surely do not pull your punches.  I found what you said 
to be clear, polite and very much to the point.  Thanks for saying this 
kind of thing which needs occasional reinforcement.

As to the question itself, each client server application seems to 
implement SQL standards in a non standard way.  That is to say that 
there is always some proprietary bit here or there.  The SQL in oracle 
might be:

select * from mytable where rownum = 123

and have the ruby random number generator insert a random value.

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