Re: CODE: Programming project required

From: Emlyn (
Date: Tue Jan 23 2001 - 18:22:27 MST

Chris Rasch wrote:
> 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
> > > 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
> incorporates
> pg/sql, a procedural language very similar in syntax to PL/SQL. (From
> I
> understand from other's reports--I haven't used it myself.) I would
> 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
> Chris Rasch

A point that I think needs making.... learning a computer language shouldn't
be seen as a cost. Once you've learned enough of them, each new one is very
easy to add. Most of them fall into the procedural or basic OO camps, and
with notable exceptions, once you've seen one you've seen them all.


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