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2011-11-02 - Free Database Systems: What They Should Be, And Why You Should Care, James Lowden
18:30, Suspenders Bar and Restaurant
Abstract

Open source databases depressingly mimic proprietary ones. They compete on "features". They don`t share code or ideas. They don;t formulate a standard a la the IETF and then strive for interoperability. And they are not working toward creating a true RDBMS.

RDMBSs are important and technically challenging. Its time to bring database management systems -- MySQL, Firebird, Postgres, Ingres, Rel, MonetDB, SQLite, sapdb, et al. -- into the Internet age. Lets use the tools that made the Internet possible to get out of the database doldrums.

Goals for free DMBSs:

  • Community
  • Standard wire protocol
  • Standard API
  • New query language
  • Shared language parser and query optimization library
  • Adopt lessons from Unix about namespaces and interfaces
  • Be the thinking man`s choice
Media
  • [Event Audio] (Generously recorded and processed by Nikolai Fetissov)

Speaker Bio

James K. Lowden works in quantitative research systems at AllianceBernstein. He began working with C, C++, and SQL around 1985, and NetBSD since 1.5. In his copious spare time he has for many years been the maintainer of the FreeTDS project.