On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 3:29 PM, Petite Abeille
<petite.abeille / gmail.com> wrote:
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> On Nov 13, 2010, at 2:35 PM, Phillip Gawlowski wrote:
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>> SQL's syntax is unlike any programming language I
>> know.
>
> Broaden your horizon! :)

No, thanks. If there's big iron to be programmed for, I get a
specialist, and neither FORTRAN nor COBOL matter for new code.

(I know, Mathlab & co are declarative, too, but these things are tools.)

>> Pure SQL contains no looping constructs, for example.
>
> Indeed, it's declarative and set based.
>
>> It can only retrieve and store data.
>
> "What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?"?
> -- Monty Python, Life of Brian

That's one broken analogy. Specialized databases make datastorage and
-retrieval much easier than the good ol' text file, but that's all
they are good for: Datastorage and -retrieval. We aren't talking about
a technologically more advanced culture subsuming and enslaving its
neighbors.

-- 
Phillip Gawlowski

Though the folk I have met,
(Ah, how soon!) they forget
When I've moved on to some other place,
There may be one or two,
When I've played and passed through,
Who'll remember my song or my face.