Re: CODE: Programming project required

From: Chris Rasch (
Date: Tue Jan 23 2001 - 11:55:04 MST

James Rogers wrote:

> On Mon, 22 Jan 2001, Samantha wrote:
> > I have refused to learn PL/SQL or SQL*Plus any other single db vendor
> > proprietary language. The world does not need this and I certainly
> > don't. I don't mind learning a specialized language for database if it
> > works on all vendor's products of a particular class. I occassionally
> > learn just enough to write an adaptor to something of my own invention
> > that is more general. But I believe I do my customers and employers a
> > disservice if I write their business logic directly in some vendor
> > proprietary language.

PostgreSQL, currently one of the best open source databases, also
pg/sql, a procedural language very similar in syntax to PL/SQL. (From what
understand from other's reports--I haven't used it myself.) I would expect
that PostgreSQL will improve even more in the couple of years, as a new
company (GreatBridge) got $35 M to devote to developing/market PostgreSQL.
Learning PL/SQL, therefore, need not restrict you to using Oracle products.

Chris Rasch

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