Meetings and Events
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. It
s 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:
- 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
- [Event Audio] (Generously recorded and processed by Nikolai Fetissov)
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 (freetds.org).